Just for Kids

Logo for wild weekend discovery programThe Wayne has many opportunities to involve children. Everyone loves Smokey Bear, and knows, if you want to find Smokey, you look for him on the nearest national forest. Information on Smokey Bear is below.

Children at owl program with masksThere are many things the Wayne does that are just for kids. Environmental Education is a regular component on the Wayne National Forest. Wild Weekend Discovery Series programs are held. The prorams are designed to spark curiosity and increase children's knowledge and enjoyment of the natural world. The series is hosted at the Wayne National Forest at the Athens Unit headquarters outside of Nelsonville or occasionally on the Forest.

It only takes one match...
Smokey Bear has been a member of our families since 1944. The purpose of the Smokey Program is to create and maintain public awareness, through the image of Smokey Bear, about the need to prevent unplanned, human-caused wildland fires.  This link takes you to the national webpage for Smokey Bear.

For more information on the history of Smokey Bear click here.

The Wayne National Forest is doing several things to promote the Smokey Bear program:

Forest Service Kids Page - more links to Forest Service programs.


Kid's Fishing and Fun

Kids Fishing Derby

In 2016 three events will be held on the Wayne National Forest, one at Lamping Homestead north of Marietta, another at Leith Run, and a fishing derby at Lake Vesuvius near Ironton, OH.  Come join us....

Lake Vesuvius Nature Center

Nature craft teaches kids about bugs

The Nature Center at Lake Vesuvius offers activities and programs for all ages. A schedule of annual programs is available.


  • Smokey's Birthday Party
    Smokey celebrates his 65th birthday in August 2009 with over 700 of his friends on the Wayne National Forest.