Participate in National Forest Week

National Forest Week

September 19-25, 2021

Aaand that’s a wrap! THANK YOU to our sponsors, and to everyone who participated and raised awareness of our forests – we sincerely appreciate your interest, involvement, and support in elevating #NationalForestWeek 2021!

We are already looking forward to another successful NFW in 2022!

National Forest Week 2021 theme


"Our forests - Continually giving"

National Forest Week 2021 highlights how Canada’s diverse forests are connected to our everyday lives.

Forests are more important now than ever, a beacon of renewal, resilience and hope for the future. They offer a variety of products, social, cultural and health benefits, as well as providing critical ecological functions. The forest sector is considered an essential service. Through sustainable forest management, we give back to our forests by ensuring they are renewed and remain resilient for a hopeful future.

What does the forest give to you?  Let us know by using #NationalForestWeek / #SemaineNationaleDeLArbreEtDesForêts !

From September 19-25, 2021, we're inviting Canadians to learn more about the forest sector and its significance to Canada’s culture, history, and future, while also supporting a greater recognition of forests as a valuable, renewable and green resource.

NFW 2021 Photo contest - social posts

Photo contest

To celebrate National Forest Week, the Canadian Institute of Forestry is inviting you to participate in our 2nd annual national photo contest! The contest will run through the duration of National Forest Week (September 19-25, 2021).

  • Contest begins on September 19, 2021 at 12:00 am and ends on September 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm
  • Contest is open to residents of Canada, including both CIF-IFC members and non-members
  • Purpose of contest is to celebrate National Forest Week (September 19-25, 2021)
  • Photos submitted must showcase forests/trees in Canada
  • Contest winner will receive a prize and a special feature of their photograph in various CIF-IFC digital communication outlets
How to Enter
  • Entries are to be a digital photograph (JPEG or PNG) and submitted electronically by email to
  • Entries must be submitted and received by September 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm
  • Submissions must include:
    • Digital photograph (JPEG or PNG) showcasing forests/trees in Canada
    • Photographer name and contact information
    • Short caption describing the photograph, including the location of where it was captured
Past Contest Winners

Treevia tuesday

Mark your calendars! The National Forest Week Special Edition of Treevia Tuesday will take place on September 21, 2021.
Join in on the fun and test your forest knowledge! The top 3 players will receive a prize.

How to Participate

When: Tuesday, September 21, 2021


  • Go to the link above on September 21st
  • Enter your name and email
  • Select "Go!" when ready
  • Participate in the 20 question quiz before 11:59 pm ET

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Contest Winners

Congratulations to the top 3 players for 2021!

  • Julia Trappe - 19/20 answers correct
  • Nicolas Gabruch - 17/20 answers correct
  • Carson Broadbent - 15/20 answers correct
Copy of 2021 National Forest Week Youth Drawing Contest

Youth Drawing Contest

Get your markers and pens ready! We are inviting you to participate in a Canada-wide youth drawing contest for NFW!

This makes for a great summer project or classroom activity! Entries must be received by October 15, 2021.

How to Participate
  • Download the drawing contest form here
  • Show us how you spend time in the forest by completing your artwork in the dedicated space on page 2
  • Fill out page 3 with your contact information
  • Submit entries via email to
  • Entries must be received by October 15, 2021
Who can Participate?
  • Youth from the ages of 4-12
Contest Winners
  • One participant in each age category (4-6, 7-9, and 10-12) from each province/territory will be chosen as a winner
  • Winners will be announced in November 2021 and will receive a nature activity book!

Social Media Content Schedule

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Daily sub-theme: Forests and nature

Description: Highlight the critical ecological functions and environmental benefits that healthy forests provide.

Proudly sponsored by Resource Works and Strathcona Forestry Consulting

Monday, September 20, 2021

Daily sub-theme: Forests and humans

Description: Highlight the many products, social, economical, cultural and health benefits that healthy forests provide.

Proudly sponsored by Ontario Woodlot Association (OWA), CIF-IFC Algonquin Section, and Friends of the Petawawa Research Forest (PRF)

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Daily sub-theme: Challenges in a changing climate

Description: Communicate the challenges associated with our changing climate and how to prevent/mitigate the affects on trees/forests.

Proudly sponsored by Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Daily sub-theme: Building resilience through innovation

Description: Highlight the forest sector’s innovative technologies and management strategies being implemented to adapt and build resilience for a hopeful future.

Proudly sponsored by Natural Resources Canada

National Tree Day / Journée nationale de l’arbre

Each year, National Tree Day falls on the Wednesday of National Forest Week, with the goal to encourage all Canadians to celebrate and appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us.

#NationalTreeDay / #Journéenationaledelarbre

Friday, September 24, 2021
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Daily Sub-theme: Forest education and heritage

Description: Share resources and tools for the general public, teachers and educators to incorporate learning about forests and Canada’s forest heritage, both in the classroom and at home.

Proudly sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)  / Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada)

  • Like and share/re-tweet posts created by the CIF-IFC or posts using the hashtag #NationalForestWeek or #SemaineNationaleDeLArbreEtDesForêts
  • Share National Forest Week 2021 digital creatives via social media using the hashtag #NationalForestWeek or #SemaineNationaleDeLArbreEtDesForêts
  • Create your own content using the daily sub-themes from the Social Media Content Schedule and share them using the hashtag #NationalForestWeek or #SemaineNationaleDeLArbreEtDesForêts

creative downloads


Digital poster (bilingual)
Large (24"x31.5")
Medium (11"x17")


Digital postcard (5"x7")


Social Posts


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National Forest Week is a perfect time to learn more about one of Canada's most valuable resources!

Check out our Forest Education page for more free resources including infographics and teaching kits covering a variety of different topics.

Additional ways to participate

  • 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!
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Communities supporting National Forest Week

As part of a pilot project in collaboration with Resource Works, approximately 35 cities, towns, municipalities and provinces from across Canada will be declaring National Forest Week in their communities through either a proclamation, lighting of a town/municipal/provincial building, or both.

Interested in declaring National Forest Week as a proclamation in your city/town/municipality/province? Email for more information.

Participating cities/towns/municipalities/provinces for 2021
  • Stony Plain, AB
  • Government of Alberta, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Lethbridge, AB
  • Victoria, BC
  • Mackenzie, BC
  • Williams Lake, BC
  • Nanaimo, BC
  • Colwood, BC
  • Prince George, BC
  • Esquimalt, BC
  • Fredericton, NB
  • Newfoundland and Labrador - Confederation Building, NL
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Toronto, ON
  • Huntsville, ON
  • Orillia, ON
  • Belleville, ON
  • Parry Sound, ON
  • Elliot Lake, ON
  • Newmarket, ON
  • Collingwood, ON
  • Whitby, ON
  • North Bay, ON
  • London, ON
  • Oakville, ON
  • Vaughan, ON
  • Aylmer, ON
  • Orangeville, ON
  • Maniwaki, QC
  • Val-d'Or, QC
  • Saskatoon, SK
  • Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Energy and Resources

Thank you to all of our 2021 National Forest Week Sponsors!

Thank you for your participation and support in National Forest Week 2021!

Show us how you will be celebrating 101 years of National Forest Week!

Use the hashtag #NationalForestWeek or #SemaineNationaleDeLArbreEtDesForêts and tag us at:

Twitter/Instagram: @CIF_IFC
Facebook: @CIF.IFC
LinkedIn: @Canadian Institute of Forestry

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