National Forest Week
September 19-25, 2021
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.
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
- Entries are to be a digital photograph (JPEG or PNG) and submitted electronically by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
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.
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.
- Youth from the ages of 4-12
- 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!
Daily sub-theme: Forests and nature
Description: Highlight the critical ecological functions and environmental benefits that healthy forests provide.
Daily sub-theme: Forests and humans
Description: Highlight the many products, social, economical, cultural and health benefits that healthy forests provide.
- OWA Guides & Publications
- Friends of the PRF supporting, promoting, and protecting research at the PRF
- CIF-IFC Algonquin Section fostering public awareness of forests and their importance to the economy and environment
- 64th Annual International Night - Oh so Appetizing Arizona hosted by the OWA, CIF-IFC Algonquin Section, and Friends of the PRF
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)
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
- Natural Climate Solutions for Canada
- Climate Change Mitigation in British Columbia’s Forest Sector
- Regional Integrated Assessments in Support of Forest Climate Change Adaptation
- State of Mass Timber in Canada report
- How does Canada report on forest GHG Emissions
- Information on forest fires
- Funding programs:
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
Daily Sub-theme: Forest champions, inclusion and diversity
Description: Recognize and highlight the progress that has been made, and is being made, in the forest sector for sustainability, inclusivity, and diversity.
Proudly sponsored by Free to Grow in Forestry
- [WATCH] Free to Grow in Forestry
- [LISTEN] A podcast working to move #ForestryForward
- Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace - A Plan to Eliminate Resistance
- 10 Principles for Gender Equity
- Evidence on Diversity in Canada’s Forest Sector
- Indigenous Women’s Leadership in the Forest Sector Report
- Preliminary Report: Interviews with Women in Forestry
- Getting into Team - Leveraging Power & Privilege (Allies Toolkit)
Daily Sub-theme: Sustainable forests
Description: Raise awareness of sustainable forest management and forests as a valuable and renewable resource.
Proudly sponsored by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
- FSC Canada is supported by top environmental organizations
- FSC responsible forestry includes upholding Indigenous Peoples' rights
- FSC's standard provides specific requirements for species at risk, like the woodland caribou
- FSC's national standard addresses the most pressing issues facing Canadian forests now or WATCH
- Follow FSC Canada on social Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and Twitter.
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.
- Forest Education
- Kids Activities
- Get outside and explore your local forest/environment
- Project Learning Tree Canada is asking you to get outside this Saturday and explore trees in your neighbourhood.
- Access free family activities from our Learn About Forests Toolkit
- Share pictures on social Tag: @PLT_Canada #NationalForestWeek or #SemaineNationaleDeLArbreEtDesForêts
- 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
- 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!
As part of a pilot project in collaboration with Resource Works, a total of 33 (and counting) 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 email@example.com for more information.
- 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