Forest Conservation Days

2023 Dates – September 24-29, 2023

Your help is needed to guide trail walks or provide and staff a stationary exhibit.

For further information on attending or to volunteer at 2023 Forest Conservation Days, contact Kent Kinney at or call 559-355-7983.

*Volunteers are needed for this event – to sign-up: FCD_Volunteers_2023

2023 Schedule – Exhibits setup and Guide Orientation on Sunday, September 24, 1:00 pm. Guided presentations to 4th grade children each day Monday-Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.

This SAF-sponsored event is an outdoor classroom for students to explore the web of life as they are guided on a trail walk by a professional forester through the beautiful, actively managed outdoor landscape near Giant Sequoia National Monument and Kings Canyon National Park . This year 4th-grade school children will encounter interactive educational stations focusing on fish and wildlife, tree nurseries, sustainable wood products, forest fire science, forestry equipment, archaeology and more!

Trailer Camping Sites and Cabins will be available. Prepared meals for volunteers will be provided Sunday evening through Thursday morning.

Location: Sequoia Lake YMCA Camp near Miramonte, California. Here is a link to the location on Google maps:


Developed in 1992, Forest Conservation Days (FCD) is an educational program sponsored by the California Society of American Foresters in partnership with other resource organizations, including the USDA Forest Service.  The goal of the program is to engage youth in the science and practice of forest conservation through participation in outdoor education led by natural resource professionals and students. Forest trail hikes are organized to include lessons regarding forest ecology, resource management, and the societal benefits of sustainably managed forestlands.  This interdisciplinary approach to education allows students to learn valuable perspectives about California science standards and the web of life, respectively.  FCD is provided in close collaboration with Reedley College and with the support of the USDA Forest Service State & Private Forestry (Region 5).

Forest Conservation Days is an annual event that provides an outdoor classroom for fifth-grade students to explore the web of life. While guided through the forest students encounter dynamic stations including a sawmill, wildlife, tree nursery, forest products, fire science, logging equipment, local history, archaeology and some new exhibits every year.

The day consists of two parts; the first is a 2-hour trail walk with a professional forest manager, resource specialist or Forestry student the second is aimed at educating the students on various forestry and forest issues. This program has become a popular mainstay and occurs annually during the last full week of September.  Over 60,000 5th grade students, teachers, scouts, parents, and public participants have attended since 1991. Many school science and history standards are met through the archaeology and local history stations.

Students arrive at the site and a guide leads each group of 10-20 students and chaperones through the trail, pointing out objects of interest, and answering questions, providing an interactive experience in the forest.  

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