Participate in National Forest Week

September 20-26, 2020


National Forest Week 2020 - Celebrating Canada's Forests for 100 Years

2020 Theme

"Healthy Forests, Healthy Future"

Healthy forests benefit us all. National Forest Week 2020 challenges everyone to learn more about what health threats Canada’s forests are facing and what you can do to help the forest around you.

Healthy trees make healthy forests. Healthy forests make healthy people. And healthy people make healthy communities. Insects, disease and wildfire are part of the natural life cycle, however invasive species and a changing environment pose new threats to our forests. Safeguarding the health of Canada’s forests is a critical nature-based solution to mitigate climate change, provide clean air, clean water, and valuable habitats. Forest professionals, researchers, and scientists from coast to coast are responding to ensure that our forests continue to be vibrant, resilient, and healthy now and for the future.

Get involved by learning more about the importance of forest health in the life cycle of our forests.

2020 marks the centennial anniversary of this national campaign!

How to participate in #NationalForestWeek 2020

Photo Contest

To celebrate National Forest Week (NFW) and its 100th anniversary, the Canadian Institute of Forestry is inviting you to participate in a national photo contest!

Contest will run throughout the duration of NFW from September 20-26, 2020.

  • Contest begins on September 20, 2020 at 12:00 am and ends on September 26, 2020 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 20-26, 2020) and its 100th anniversary
  • 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 26, 2020 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
Participate online
  • Like and share/re-tweet posts created by the CIF-IFC or posts using the hashtag #NationalForestWeek or #Semainenationaledelarbreetdesforêts
  • Share National Forest Week 2020 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
Social Media Content Schedule
Sunday, September 20, 2020

Daily Sub-Theme: 100 years of National Forest Week

Description: Celebrate the history of National Forest Week and Canada’s forests.

Suggested Resources (*not an exhaustive list):


Monday, September 21, 2020

Daily Sub-Theme: Benefits of healthy forests

Description: Highlight the importance of forest health in Canada and the environmental and socio-economic benefits that healthy trees/forests provide to people/communities and the overall ecosystem.

Suggested Resources (*not an exhaustive list):

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Daily Sub-Theme: Climate change and Canada's forests

Description: Communicate how our changing environment can pose new threats to our forests and how to prevent/mitigate them.

Suggested Resources (*not an exhaustive list):

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Daily Sub-Theme: Forest pests and pathogens (native and invasive)


  1. Highlight how native insects and diseases can help forests stay healthy and play an important role in Canada’s forest ecosystems.
  2. Share information on pest/disease management.
  3. Share tips on how to prevent/mitigate alien and/or invasive species.

Suggested Resources (*not an exhaustive list):

National Tree Day / Journée nationale de l’arbre

Each year, National Tree Day falls on the Wednesday of National Forest Week.

Description: #NationalTreeDay / #Journéenationaledelarbre - Encourage all Canadians to celebrate and appreciate the great benefits that trees provide us.

Suggested Resources (*not an exhaustive list):

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Daily Sub-Theme: Forest fires


  1. Highlight pros and cons of forest fires and how wildland fires are a natural part of forest ecosystems but can also pose a threat to communities, properties, etc. 
  2. Share information on wildland fire management.
  3. Share tips on how to prevent forest fires.

Suggested Resources (*not an exhaustive list):

Friday, September 25, 2020

Daily Sub-Theme: Forest champions


  1. Highlight how forest professionals/practitioners, researchers, scientists and many organizations across Canada are working to ensure that our forests continue to be vibrant, resilient, and healthy now and for the future.
  2. Promote the forest sector as an employment field that can make a difference!

Suggested Resources (*not an exhaustive list):

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Daily Sub-Theme: Forest education

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

Suggested Resources (*not an exhaustive list):

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!

Show us how you will be celebrating 100 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

Thank you to all of our 2020 National Forest Week Poster Sponsors!

Thank you for your participation and support in National Forest Week 2020!