National Forest Foundation

National Forest Week℠

Discover Unforgettable Experiences

July 13th - 19th, 2020

Join us in celebrating the importance of our forests and grasslands. Through a growing movement of passionate voices, we are highlighting how special and vital these lands are for our freedom and quality of life during National Forest Week.SM

In the midst of the pandemic, we recognize not everyone can access to their National Forests for outdoor recreation. We look forward to celebrating National Forests virtually and encouraging Americans to connect with their forests online and in the future.

While we may not have large in-person events this year, we are excited to hold our annual photo contest, livestream events, and other fun ways to celebrate from home. We'll be sharing new content about some incredible experiences you can only find on your National Forests and can't wait to hear from you about your favorite National Forest memories.

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Tune into the NFF's Youtube and Instagram to hear from the NFF's President & CEO, Mary Mitsos, U.S. Forest Service leadership, NFF staff, partners, and more.

>>>Click here to watch the kick off event.

Join the NFF's Southern California Program Manager, Dania Gutierrez, as she chats with Nature for All Program Organizer and Latino Outdoors Ambassador Araceli Hernandez on the NFF's Instagram. They'll chat about what makes Southern California's National Forests so special and how local communities connect with their local forests. Dania and Araceli will also discuss how partners like the NFF can support more inclusive and safe outdoor spaces.

>>>Click here to watch the chat with Nature for All.

Virtually travel down the Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest as Forest Supervisor Keenan Adams discusses the wonders of the only tropical rainforest in the National Forest System. Tune in on the NFF's Instagram to learn more about this incredible landscape and how the forest is working with the local community to help balance nature and commerce.

>>>Click here to watch the naturalist chat.

Have a moment of zen during National Forest Week and tune in for a forest meditation with yoga instructor and forest lover Jess Blackmun. Tune in on the NFF's Instagram for this virtual event.

>>>Click here to watch the meditation.

Wrap up the work week with NFF staff chatting more about why they're passionate about our National Forests. Tune in on the NFF's Facebook to hear from Pacific Northwest Program Director Patrick Shannon, Southern Rockies Program Director, Rebecca Davidson, and Southern California Program Associate Brian Robey.

>>>Click here to watch the happy hour.

A popular unforgettable experience for so many of us - making s'mores! Join the NFF and our partner Endangered Species Chocolate for a fun gourmet s'mores cook along on Instagram.

To wrap up National Forest Week 2020, NFF President and CEO Mary Mitsos will chat with musican and forester Chuck Leavell on the NFF's Instagram. A long-time recording and touring member of The Rolling Stones, Chuck is also a highly respected forester, author, and conservationist. He and his wife Rose Lane own Charlane Plantation, a multiple award-winning tree farm near Macon, Georgia.

National Forests and Grasslands provide Americans with 193 million spectacular acres of wildlands.

  • 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

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

These lands are the foundation of America’s outdoor recreation heritage and sustain our way of life. They provide water to millions Americans in thousands of communities, clean our air, store carbon, and provide timber, minerals, oil and gas and other resources for industry and communities.

Click here to learn more about your National Forests.