Hold a NFW Event

In order to make National Forest Week (NFW) a success, we need people like you to host events in your community. We have helpful tips for organizing events, promotional information and resources to help you get started.

Event Organization

National Forest Week events come in all shapes and sizes. Volunteers can connect with a class or community group to lead a single event (e.g. forest hike, presentation, demonstration, staff an event booth, etc.) or volunteers can join together to coordinate a suite of events for the week.

Considerations when planning an event:

  • Who is your audience?
  • How will you reach them?
  • What resources will you need?
  • How will you access and engage like-minded volunteers?

When starting to plan an event, think about how it will be promoted. It can be very helpful to look at what other things are already happening in an area and try to build on those rather than creating something new. It could prove advantageous to "piggy-back" with other events/celebrations to benefit from their publicity and be able to reach people who might not otherwise have been interested to learn about forests. For example:

  • Local hiking, walking or exercise groups may like to have a walk in the forest, or a look at urban forests.
  • Talk with people via local, culturally-appropriate channels. Ask them what they think would work for their group.
  • Many community centres, cultural centres, senior centres, etc. hold lecture series – try to get them to feature a forest-related lecture during NFW. (e.g., Bill Bourgeois gave a lecture on the history of forestry at two senior centres).
  • Connect with Scouts and Girl Guides groups. Offer to have a forest professional give a presentation or a forest walk at one of their meetings. Did you know that there is a forest badge in both Girl Guides and Scouts (see badge requirements)?
  • Ask school librarians to feature forestry books during NFW. You can provide them with a NFW poster and list of appropriate books (see list of resources). It may be possible to approach a local forest-related organization and ask them to buy a few forest-appropriate books to donate to the local library.
  • Other places for connection

Other Considerations:

  • Volunteer assistance – think about involving students (especially high school and post-secondary students). They are often looking for opportunities to do volunteer work so they can build up their resumes. Link to post-secondary students through school student services or community outreach coordinators. Be very specific about how much time you require and the tasks you would like students to do. Offer students training prior to the event.
  • People like to see the 'tools of the trade'. If possible, bring along any resources you use to do your job safely.
  • When engaging youth, think of how you can include new technology in their forest experience. For example, geocaching is a good way to show how GPS is used in forest management planning (see more information on the tree ID smartphone app).
  • The forest industry has worked to improve safety and hazard assessment across the sector. Please include safety considerations – both in the event itself and in explanations of forest work.
    • For hikers: weather safety, fluids, footwear, clothing, First Aid
    • For presentations: evacuation protocol, have safety as a presentation topic
    • For demonstrations: personal protective equipment, clothing, equipment maintenance for safe operation, First Aid
    • For forestry booths: ensure there are no tripping hazards

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Event Promotion: How to Get the Word out about Particular NFW Events

  • Ask local newspaper writer to craft an article that pertains to forests.
  • Approach local radio stations well beforehand (e.g. CBC) to see if they will do a pertinent interview during National Forest Week – perhaps it could focus around a particular event or topic. Radio program producers are often useful contacts.
  • Advertise upcoming events at local/community festivals and events. For example, if there is a local festival being held in the summer, plan to have a table or display about your NFW event.
  • Use as many channels as possible to “advertise” NFW events (e.g. municipal parks & recreation websites, e-newsletters of community centres, other social media, etc.).
  • Invite local MPs, MLAs and municipally-elected people to events.
  • Look at alternative, “culturally-appropriate” channels to promote events. For example, in the Metro Vancouver area, there is an organization called “Green Club” for new Taiwanese & Chinese Canadians. Their events and programs are listed on their website.
  • Advertise event using National Forest Week poster with event info pasted on top. Post in local public libraries and community centres.
  • Contact local sections of The Federation of BC Woodlot Association. They may be able to organize a walk in the woods in a managed forest. 

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Resources

Promotional Items | Colouring / Activity Books | Tree ID App | Posters & Games | Books | General Resources| Event Archive

Promotional Items

We have pencils, colouring books, temporary tattoos, stickers, Faces of Forestry (career profile) books, posters, and more. Contact Dean Pelkey if you would like to receive promotional items for your National Forest Week event.

Colouring / Activity Books

Click on pictures to download.

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Tree ID Smartphone App

The National Forest Week BC Coalition is pleased to provide this Tree ID smartphone app year-round. The app is aimed at children, their parents and teachers. The app contains a glossary of all trees native to BC, geotagging capabilities, and an events page.

Using the picture glossary in the app, you can learn to identify the trees in your school and garden. You can also geotag you favorite trees and make notes on them (make sure location services or the equivalent is turned on for your camera). Finally, during National Forest Week (September 20-26, 2015), the Events page will be filled with fun activities taking place around the province.

The app is web-based which means it works on all platforms (iPhones, Androids, Google devices etc.). To download it, use your smartphone to navigate to http://abcfptrees.com/appsplash/. You will be prompted to save it to your home screen.

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Posters & Games
Books

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General Resources (lesson plans, forest activity ideas, and other teacher resources)

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Event Archive
Event Archive - Check out reports from past years' events

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