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National Forest Week™

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July 8-14, 2024

Immerse yourself in the awe of National Forest Week™​

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Find Your AWEsome

The spectacular 193 million acres of our country's National Forests and Grasslands stretch from Alaska’s snow-capped peaks to Florida’s lush longleaf pine forests. Red rock deserts, sprawling grasslands, hardwood forests, and fascinating history await you when you visit National Forests and Grasslands. They are places for rest, rejuvenation, and adventure that fill us with awe for the natural world.

Every July, the National Forest Foundation celebrates all the ways National Forests and Grasslands care for and inspire us during National Forest Week™. This year, we challenge you to find your AWEsome on a National Forest or Grassland. Whether it is a thrilling whitewater adventure or a quiet evening by the campfire, there are countless ways to experience the wonder of these incredible public lands.

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Photo by Carlos Gonzales

Recreate Responsibly

Anytime you visit a National Forest or Grassland, be sure to #RecreateResponsibly to ensure these places stay healthy for future generations. Click here to brush up on some basic tips for being a good steward of public lands.

Get Involved!

  • Visit a National Forest Forest Near You. Did you know 7 in 10 Americans are within a 2-hour drive of a National Forest or Grassland? Find a forest near you.
  • Enter the Photo Contest. Do you have a photo or video of a National Forest you are particularly proud of? Enter the National Forest Week™ Photo Contest starting June 17. Click here to see the 2023 contest winners.
  • Attend an event. The NFF is hosting events all across the country to celebrate National Forest Week™. If you are in the area, come celebrate with us!
  • Share Your Story. Share your photos, adventures, and appreciation for National Forests with the rest of the world using #NationalForestWeek.
  • Give back. Love National Forests and Grasslands? Make a gift that will support forest health for years to come so these incredible places can continue to provided us with resources and wonder.

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Photo by Gerald McGlamery

Why National Forests?

National Forests and Grasslands, managed by the USDA Forest Service, host more than 170 million visits and pump $13.5 billion into our economy each year, sustaining nearly 223,000 jobs in gateway communities.

Forests deliver water to millions of Americans in thousands of communities, harbor diverse wildlife, and provide resources for our nation. From fresh air and clean water to scenic drives and the thrill of wilderness solitude, National Forests offer an abundance of recreation opportunities, ecosystem services, and a lifetime’s worth of exploration including:

  • More than 9,000 miles of scenic byways to drive
  • Almost 150,000 miles of trails to hike
  • More than 4,400 miles of wild and scenic rivers to float
  • At least 5,100 campgrounds in which to pitch our tents
  • And 328 natural pools to swim in

Click here to learn more about National Forests.