BC National Forest Week, September 18 to 24, 2022

Kids learning about impacts of pine beetle on forests
One volunteer talking to group of children about pine beetle’s impact on forests

Plan for your 2022 BC National Forest Week event. This year, it will be September 18 to 24, 2022. Check out some teacher resources if you are developing some lessons in or outside the classroom.

National Forest Week-BC Coalition

kids in the forest learning!

Established in 2013, the NFW-BC Coalition’s goal is to educate as many youths 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.

Who is NFW-BC?

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 NFW-BC Coalition:

  • 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.

2021 NFW-BC Accomplishments Report

Since 2018, the NFW-BC Coalition has been developing a library of forest education lesson materials to provide easy access for teachers.

In 2021, the coalition continued to expand the library with videos of existing lessons and forest field trips. The coalition also experienced a resurgence of teacher requests for field trips and classroom lessons.

Both are a priority in the coalition 2022 action plan, along with encouraging events in communities not previously celebrating BC forests.

Read more in the 2021 NFW-BC Accomplishments Report.

NFW-BC History

What is now known as National Forest Week (NFW) was established in the 1920s and was known as Forest Fire Prevention Week. The intention was to encourage greater public awareness of Canada’s forests.

Since then, National Forest Week (renamed in 1967) has evolved to encompass the many and varied human and environmental aspects of Canada’s forest resources – past, present and future.

Although special activities are promoted across Canada, National Forest Week remains first and foremost a challenge to individual Canadians to learn more about their forest heritage and support greater recognition of this valuable resource.

National Forest Week is observed annually during the last full week of September. National Tree Day is observed on the Wednesday of National Forest Week.

Contact NFW-BC Coalition member

The BC Coalition is working hard to promote National Forest Week and help to organize activities across the province. If you would like to get involved, send an e-mail to: info@bcnfw.ca or contact a BC Coalition member in your region.