Each year National Forest Week (NFW) is celebrated across Canada by many individuals and diverse governmental and non governmental organizations. During NFW, Canadians are invited to learn more about Canada’s forest heritage and to raise awareness about this valuable and renewable resource. Forests are fundamental to our economy, culture, traditions and history – and to our future. Communities, families and individuals depend on forests for their livelihood and way of life.
Established circa 1920 as Forest Fire Prevention Week, the
intention was to encourage greater public awareness towards Canada’s forests. At the time, there was no apparent shortage of trees for industrial expansion – the greatest threat came from forest fires, due mainly to human causes. Since then National Forest Week, as it was 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, NFW remains first and foremost a challenge to individual Canadians to learn more about their forest heritage and support greater recognition of this valuable resource.
- Take a walk in woods nearby and get to know your forest
- Arrange a tree planting: Tree Canada
- Care for a newly planted or neglected tree, and study its species
- Identify all the things at home or school that are made of wood
- Learn about organizations that demonstrate sustainable forest management
- Tour a forest sector industry or processing site
- Learn about the prevention of forest fires
- Contact a provincial forestry association for teaching materials.
- Visit the NFW-BC Coalition website for information about NFW in the west!
- Lead a National Forest Week event!
Every year, National Forest Week (NFW) highlights a specific theme or aspect of Canadian forestry and the Canadian Institute of Forestry coordinates the delivery of promotional materials from coast to coast - prior to NFW celebrations! We offer posters and postcards, free of charge.
2020 National Forest Week - 100th Anniversary!
September 20-26, 2020
This year’s theme is "Healthy Forests - Healthy Future"
Join the conversation on social media using the #NationalForestWeek hashtag.
The CIF-IFC was pleased to offer 2020 National Forest Week promotional materials, including posters (large size (24" x 31.5") and medium size (11" x 17") and postcards (5" x 7") free of charge!
How to place your order:
- How many posters and what size (bilingual); and/or
- How many postcards (English or French); and
- Your mailing address
The deadline to order print materials was June 30, 2020 - thank you for your interest!
2020 National Forest Week Calendar
We invite you to celebrate National Forest Week in your neck of the woods! Let us know what you’re doing by submitting your event. We will post it on our National Forest Week Calendar. If you would like more information on any events or ideas make sure to contact us!
Canada's Forests Teaching Kit Series
The Canada's Forests Teaching Kit Series provides educators with the tools to help young people better understand the value of forests and the importance of protecting and conserving them. Download the free teaching tools here.