BC National Forest Week, September 19 to 25, 2021

BCNFW Event: Cranbrook-kids learning value of BC's forests

Plan for your 2021 BC NFW event. This year, it will be September 19 to 25, 2021. Check out some teacher resources if you are developing some lessons in or outside the classroom.

Current News

January 2020:  Forests are the Real Classrooms of BC.

BC National Forest Week Coalition

Established in 2013, the BC National Forest Week Coalition’s goal is to educate as many youths of BC about the different uses and value that we get from our forests including:

  • the production of wood products,
  • to providing local jobs,
  • to a variety of recreation opportunities, and
  • providing spiritual values.

We want everyone in BC to have the opportunity to spend time outdoors as well as appreciate our wonderful and diverse forests.

Kids learning about the forest

Who is BCNFW?

Representatives on the Coalition include:

They are focused on promoting local NFW events and supporting organizers, helping to create successful events with educational resources.

What do we do for National Forest Week?

National Forest Week is our opportunity to rally the troops, wave the flag, and showcase the high level of professionalism used in managing the forest resources of BC.

Objectives of the BCNFW Coalition are to:

  • Develop a coordinated approach to a provincial NFW program;
  • Promote local events for the provincial forestry and forest management sectors;
  • Reach out to communities, school children, and citizens; and
  • Develop standard communications and news releases for a provincial-wide application, used by local event organizers.

Contact BCNFW Coalition Member

The BCNFW Coalition works hard to promote National Forest Week and helps in organizing events and activities across the province.

If you would like to get involved, please email us or connect with a BC Coalition member in your area.

Art Contest

Art Contest 2021

As part of the NFW celebration, we are holding the annual ABCFP art contest for kids.

The art contest provides an opportunity for children ages 4 to 12 to show through their artwork, what they think forest professionals do. The winner in each age group (4-5; 6-8; and 9-12) will receive a $50 Indigo gift card.

Access the 2021 art contest entry form here.

2020’s Art Contest Winners

Check out last year’s art contest submissions and winners.

A global pandemic didn’t stop children from across British Columbia in sharing their creative interpretations of how forest professionals take care of the provinces’s forests. We’re pleased we received over 200 submissions for the National Forest Week’s children’s art contest this year. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. And congratulations to our winners.

Category 1: Age 4-6

1st Place: Elise Avdic, age 6, Vancouver

2nd Place: Dylan Trommel, age 5, Duncan

3rd Place: Ford Iverson, age 4-6, Tatla Lake

Category 2: Age 7-9

1st Place: Wesley Huang, age 8, Coquitlam

2nd Place: Dann Yang, age 8, Burnaby

3rd Place: Ema, age 7

Category 3: Age 10-12

1st Place: Emily Yijia Sun, age 12, Coquitlam

2nd Place: Rayna, age 10

3rd Place: Riley, age 10, Squamish

Photo Contest

Photo Contest

The annual National Forest Week photo contest runs September 1 to October 19. Winners will have their photos and names published in BC Forest Professional magazine and online with the top photo being featured on the magazine’s cover.

Send us your original photo showing the majesty of BC’s forests or how they are important to your community. Photos must be taken in BC (high resolution images only, no filters or editing, saved as JPG or TIF, and at least 1 MB).

Note: all photos submitted become property of the Association of BC Forest Professionals and may be reproduced in other ABCFP publications.

2020 Photo Contest Winner

Check out last year’s photo contest winner.

2020 National Forest Week winner: Jeff Roberson, RPF.

A vibrant rainbow after a July rainstorm, outside of Jeff’s home office in Kimberley.

2020 National Forest Week first runner up: Kim Silvey.

A heron on a patch of bull kelp near Cormorant Island, also known as Alert Bay.

2020 National Forest Week second runner up: Shannon Brooks.

Early morning reflection of tall trees in the still waters of Garibaldi Lake.


National Forest Week Sponsors

Thank you to all of our Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and in-kind sponsors.

Your continual support and efforts help to support local events that contribute to increasing awareness of the value of our forest to young minds and the general public.

We are particularly grateful to our Legacy Sponsors, organizations who have provided support to National Forest Week for five years or more.

View our sponsorship policy to determine your level of support for National Forest Week.

Platinum Sponsors ($2,000 +)

Association of BC Forest Professionals Logo - Platinum Sponsor Association of BC Forest Professionals
ForesTrust Logo - Platinum Sponsor ForesTrust
BC Government and Service Employees' Union Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (Legacy)
Forest Innovation Investment Logo Forest Innovation Investment (Legacy)
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Logo - Platinum and Legacy Sponsor BC Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources Operations (Legacy)
The Truck Loggers Association Logo - Platinum and Legacy Sponsor The Truck Loggers Association (Legacy)
Western Canada Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committee Logo - Platinum and Legacy Sponsor Western Canada SFI Implementation Committee (Legacy)
Western Forest Products Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor Western Forest Products Inc. (Legacy)

Gold Sponsors ($1,000 – 1,999)

BC Timber Sales Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor BC Timber Sales (Legacy)
Canfor Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor Canfor (Legacy)
Coastland Wood Industries Ltd. Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor Coastland Wood Industries Ltd. (Legacy)
DWB Consulting Services Ltd. Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor DWB Consulting Services Ltd. (Legacy)
Interior Lumber Manufacturers' Association Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association (Legacy)
Mosaic Forest Management (Legacy)
Tolko Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor Tolko (Legacy)
University of British Columbia Forestry Faculty Logo - Gold and Legacy Sponsor UBC Forestry (Legacy)

Silver Sponsors ($500 – 999)

– A&A Trading (Legacy)
– Arbutus Grove Nursery (Legacy)
– Conair (Legacy)
– District of Mission – Forestry Dept. (Legacy)
– Domtar – Kamloops (Legacy)
– Forsite Consultants Ltd. (Legacy)
– Gorman Bros. Lumber (Legacy)
– Hancock Forest Management
– Industrial Forestry Service Ltd. (IFS)
– Ledcor
– Pacific Bioenergy – Prince George Limited Partnership
– Southern Interior Silviculture Committee (SISCO) (Legacy)
– Strategic Natural Resource Consultants (Legacy)
– Teal Jones Group
– Vancouver Island University – Forestry Department (Legacy)
– West Fraser Mills Ltd.

Bronze Sponsors ($100 – 499)

– Coastal Silviculture Committee (CSC) (Legacy)
– Private Forest Landowners Association (Legacy)
– Sylvan Vale Nursery (Legacy)
– University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Natural Resources Department (Legacy)

In-Kind Donation

– Federation of BC Woodlot Associations – $1,000 for coloring books
– FII – $500 for wood sample promotional kits
– BC Tree Seed Centre – $350 for seed kits

Activity Reports

Check out our accomplishments and activities reports to see what we have done to increase knowledge of the forests in the classrooms and events.

Sponsors help kids learn and value the forest.