Not sure what to expect when you get to your Forestry Challenge event?  Here is a photo tour to help you see what's going on once you get there.


When you arrive, you will turn in your release form(s), sign the photo mat your school will take home, and pick up your t-shirt.

Wednesday Evening Assembly

We gather to introduce everyone, go over the ground rules and safety info, and introduce the Focus Topic.

Wednesday Evening Activity

After the opening lecture, there is a fun activity, like Cruiser’s Bingo or a night hike.

Thursday Morning Field Training

With your training worksheet in hand, you will rotate to various stations to learn how to use forestry tools from the experts.

Thursday Afternoon Fieldtrip

Most of the day Thursday is spent out in the field, visiting the Focus Topic site, collecting data, and gathering information about the area from natural resource professionals.

Thursday Evening Presentation Prep

It’s a long evening of interpreting data and coming up with a solution to the Focus Topic Question.  You will have two appointments with an “Ask a Forester” to help you sort things out.

Friday Field Testing

Using the skills you learned during training, you and your team will work together to take the Field Test, a rigorous but rewarding experience.

Friday Free Time

When you're not testing, you'll get a chance to recreate in the forest. Depending on the facility, activities include zip lining, ropes courses, hanging out playing a game like volleyball or ping pong, or exploring the surrounding area.

Friday Pacing Contest

During free time is the ever-popular Pacing Contest, where schools try to pace a 66-foot distance without a tape measure.  School pride is on the line!

Friday Night Presentation Prep

There will be a few last hours to put the polish on your presentation, then turn it in.

Friday Night Social Time

By this time, you will have made lots of new friends, and you’ll have a chance to hang out with them at a campfire, in a game room, or on another night hike.

Saturday Morning Presentations

You’ll put on your professional clothes, or wear your Forestry Challenge t-shirts to give your presentation to a panel of judges.  Don’t be nervous – your new knowledge will help you knock it out of the park!

Saturday Morning Awards

You’ll meet the judges, get your school photo to take home, and hear the event results.  High fives all around!