This Year’s Annual Celebration Encourages Americans to “Explore it All” July 12-18

The National Forest Foundation (NFF), the congressionally-chartered nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, is hosting National Forest Week, an annual celebration of our 193-million-acre National Forest System and public lands from July 12 to July 18. National Forest Week takes place each year on the second full week of July with this year’s theme “Explore It All” encouraging individuals to share their favorite memories, experiences, and personal connections to National Forests.

“We work year-round with our partners to improve and conserve our National Forests to inspire meaningful connections with these public lands. National Forest Week allows everyone to come together and celebrate the experiences and memories made within these beautiful National Forests,” said Mary Mitsos, President and CEO of the NFF. “My team and I are looking forward to seeing the public engage and hearing about their connections to our National Forests.”

The celebration will start with a Virtual Kick-off live stream event hosted by the NFF on Instagram and YouTube on Monday, July 12 at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT, featuring Forest Service personnel, NFF staff, corporate and nonprofit partners, influencers, and a musical performance.

Ways to get involved during the National Forest Week celebration:

  • Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #NationalForestWeek. Share National Forest stories, opportunities, and experiences on social media with the hashtag #NationalForestWeek.
  • Attend a virtual event. Visit for the full schedule and tune in.
  • Submit a photo to the National Forest Week photo contest. Share your National Forest photos for a chance to win prizes.
  • Purchase limited edition National Forest Week items. Limited edition T-shirts and Bryn Merrell art print are available and proceeds will support conservation efforts in National Forests across the country.

To find a forest near you and learn about your local National Forests and Grasslands, visit and for more information on National Forest Week visit

National Forest Foundation