Working Forests Week
“May the Forest Be With You”
Working Forests Week
October 15-21, 2017
We all know that working forests work — now it’s time to share that message with others!
The third week of October, you are invited and encouraged to celebrate Working Forests Week by telling the forestry story to the audience of your choice. We have ideas (and support materials!) for everyone!
We will compile a list of events being held in honor of Working Forests Week. To add your name and event to the list, please email LeeAnn@ForestFla.org with your name, contact information and the way in which you will be participating.
Do you like to work with children?
Ask the principal of your local elementary school if you could do an activity with one of their classes (We suggest fourth graders). We have materials to help!
- Watch a video of a mock activity targeted for fourth graders.
- Read a sample script.
- Check out a list of materials to make your own Goods from the Woods box to teach kids about the 5000+ items made from forest products.
- View the educational standards met by the presentation.
- Bonus points: Leave a sample box with the teacher for use in the classroom as a reminder of the many benefits of working forests — from Tylenol to tissue and crayons to cleaning supplies and 5000+ other items, trees do make life better! See some ideas about what to put in the sample box.
Do you have public speaking opportunities?
Volunteer to speak at a Rotary, Kiwanis or other local civic/professional group meeting. Not sure what to say? Download a sample Powerpoint Presentation that can be easily personalized or used as it is. We also have a speech outline and a complete script that can accompany the Powerpoint or be presented independently. As an alternative, an updated version of last year’s Working Forests Work Powerpoint is available here; its outline and script are here. (Please note that the presentations must be downloaded and then opened in Powerpoint to be edited.)
Do you like to see your name in print?
Write an opinion piece for your local paper! Not sure what to say? Check back here for a sample.
Alternatively, if you prefer not to see your name in print but would like to place an article in your local paper, a sample press release will also be available.
Do you work for a mill or own forestland?
Invite people to take a tour! Possible audiences are governmental officials/staff, the local community, environmental organizations or any group you have a personal connection with. Knowledge is power, so let’s empower as many people as possible with factual information about working forests!
Would you like your city or county commission to pass a resolution recognizing Working Forests Week?
See what the 2015 state proclamation says!
We also have a Florida Forestry Facts sheet, full of good information to help with whatever project you choose! Other great handouts include Goods from the Woods, Paper vs. Plastic and our Working Forests Work brochure. Also, we have put together a planning timeline to help determine when tasks within each type of project should be accomplished so that you can feel confident you are doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done!
Do you have contacts at your local radio station?
Ask them to play this message during time allotted for free Public Service Announcements (PSAs).
Do you have a social media account?
Use #ForestProud for your posts! Selfies at work or in the forests, action shots of forestry equipment, photos of your favorite “Goods from the Woods” — share your forest pride your way! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Share and retweet our posts and tag us on yours! Search “#ForestProud” and see what others are sharing!
Our goal is to have forestry’s story told in schools, meetings and newspapers across the state during Working Forests Week. People just like you (and hopefully you!) will be taking our message to classrooms, civic/professional groups and the media — and it will be SO EASY!
The equation for success is simple:
Tools on this page + your personal touch = forestry’s message shared
MAY THE FOREST BE WITH YOU!
If you decide to accept this challenge, let us know! Email LeeAnn@ForestFla.org with your name, contact information and the way in which you will be participating in Working Forests Week.
Your complete Working Forests Week toolbox:
- Video of a mock activity targeted for fourth graders
- Sample script for school presentation
- Goods from the Woods box materials
- Sample Powerpoint Presentation
- Speech outline and a complete script
- Op-eds: #ForestProud and Working Forests Work
- Press release
- Florida Forestry Facts sheet
- Goods from the Woods
- Paper vs. Plastic
- Working Forests Work brochure
- #ForestProud Public Service Announcement for Radio
- List of 2016 Working Forests Week activities
If you have any questions, need further assistance or want to register your activity, please email LeeAnn@ForestFla.org or call 850.222.5646.