Woodsy Owl


Caring, friendly, and wise, Woodsy Owl is a whimsical fellow and he's got his heart set on motivating kids to form healthy, lasting relationships with nature.  As Woodsy flies across our land, he encourages youngsters to marvel at and explore the natural world, even in the city.  His motto "Lend a Hand - Care for the Land!" encourages everyone to make a positive difference in their world.


The Forest Service is introducing children to this fanciful creature.  Woodsy is coming to you with simple, hands-on land stewardship activities--and there's so much more ahead.


Woodsy would love to be a part of your school or after-school curriculum.  To arrange to have Woodsy visit your school, contact your local U.S. Forest Service office or call (202) 205-5681.


Announcing the 2014 Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest!

Children from first through fifth grade are invited to participate in the 2014 National Garden Clubs, Inc. Poster Contest! The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. are giving students the opportunity to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of wildfire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles. 


Smokey Bear is recognized nationally and internationally as the symbol for fire prevention. The original Smokey Bear appeared in 1944. Smokey's message, "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires!" encourages personal responsibility for fire prevention. Smokey Bear teaches children and adults to be careful with campfires, barbecues, trash fires, and matches.


Woodsy Owl is America's icon for the conservation of the environment. Since 1971, Woodsy has helped parents and teachers inspire children to observe, explore, and care for the environment. 
He challenges children to "Lend a Hand, Care for the Land!" and to take an active role in caring for the land through recycling, reusing, and reducing waste, planting and caring for trees, using resources wisely, and not littering.

Jennifer Moreno NGC Smokey the Bear/Woodsy Owl Chairman


National Garden Club's Rules for the Woodsy Owl Poster Contest 2014



The Woodsy Owl program Web Site from the USDA ("Give a Hoot - Don't Pollute")