Just for Kids

Smokey Bear - Wildfires are preventable and kids can learn easy, simple ways to protect the forest. Check out Smokey Bear's website for fun games, coloring pages and information about proper campfire etiquette. Visit www.smokeybear.com/kids.

Discover the Forest - Discover the Forest allows kids to search for forests and parks only minutes away from their homes. The website features fun and educational activities such as how to identify animal tracks, create leaf rubbings, recognize animal sounds and use a compass. For more information, please visit www.discovertheforest.org.

Junior Forest Ranger - The Junior Forest Ranger Program gives kids an opportunity to learn valuable skills and educate themselves about forests all while having fun. Kids can download and complete the activities in a booklet to mail it in for a membership card and pin. For more information, please visit www.na.fs.fed.us/ceredirect/jfr.

For more cool websites about forests, nature, and wildlife, check out these sites!

Some of Our Favorite Outdoor Apps for Kids include:

Discovery Agents:  Similar to Pokemon Go, Discovery Agents encourages kids to unlock geo-located challenges that can only be solved through observationof their surroundings.  Once a "mission site" has been downloaded to the app, you won't need cell service to complete the mission.  In addition to dozens of state and regional parks, the Forest Service has created more than 20 National Forest  "mission sites to explore with your kids.   discoveryagents.net

Project Noah:  do you have a budding scientist in your family?  Project Noah offers them the opportuniy to become a citizen scientist and document wildlife observations.  The photos they upload will be added to the app database that research organizations may someday use.   projectnoah.org

Geocaching:  If walking in the woods doesn't provide enough entertainment for your kids, turn the adventure into a treasure hunt!  Geocaching uses GPS-enabled devices to help users navigate to a specific set of coordinates to find the "geocache", a container filled with small treasures.  National Forests provide excellent geocaching opportunities across the country, but always be aware of property boundaries and safety when out in the woods!  geocaching.com/account/welcome

Skyview:  Simply point and look!  Skyview brings stargazing to you without a telescope.  As you hold your device in the night (or day) sky, the app will tell you what stars, planets, satellites or even constellations are right in front of you.  If your little astronomer needs more details, the app also provides in-depth information and graphics about each sky object!  terminaleleven.com/skyview.iphone/

Two more apps that are great for kids:   OhRanger Park Finder - ohranger.com/app/parkfinder  and the Audubon Bird Guide App  - audubon.org/apps