News and Updates

April 2014

Voting for the Majesta Trees of Knowledge Competition begins on April 7, 2014! Help decide which of the top 10 schools across Canada will win a $20,000 outdoor classroom. To vote visit

December 2013

Do you want your school to win a $20,000 outdoor classroom? Apply today for the Majesta Trees of Knowledge Competition and you could have your chance! What you do with your outdoor classroom is up to you, but a strong application, a great video, and some unique ideas will help you out. For more information and to apply today, visit

March 2013

Voting is now open for the Majesta Trees of Knowledge Competition! 10 schools from across Canada have been chosen as finalists - now it is your turn to decide who will win the $20,000 outdoor classroom! Visit to vote today!

August 2012

Want to learn more about Focus on Forests and how to use our resources? Join us for our first webinar!

When: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What: Learn about Focus on Forests, how to use the website and our resources

How: Register online by signing up here!

July 2012

Did you know that National Forest Week is from September 23-29, 2012? Celebrate our forests with awesome Focus on Forests materials! Looking to have someone come and talk about forests in your province- consider "Invite a Forester into Your Classroom". This program links Focus on Forests users with provincial professional forester associations, to help you connect with a forester in your region. Topics they touch upon can include forest management, careers or just how much they love their job.

Download this package for more information!

June 2012

Celebrate Canada Day with Focus on Forests! Get in touch with the forests and trees around you as we celebrate our national day. Check out these fact sheets and lesson plans to help you out!

May 2012

Congratulations to Central Elementary School from Swift Current, SK for winning the 2nd annual Trees of Knowledge Outdoor Classroom competition! They will be awarded a $20,000 outdoor classroom to help bring learning outdoors!

Also a big congrats out to St. Paul's Elementary in Beaconsfield, QC who will be launching their outdoor classroom at the beginning of June. This school worked hard to engage voters last year, and took home the $20,000 outdoor prize!

Focus on Forests is proud to be a partner in the MAJESTA Trees of Knowledge Outdoor Classroom Competition!

March 2011

Focus on Forests is excited to launch the Forestry Connects video contest! The contest is open to students in grade 9 and 10 from southern Ontario, and asks them to submit a video telling us-- "How should we use Ontario's forests?" Students and an advisor will get an opportunity to travel to northern Ontario to see how forestry is done in Ontario. Interested in learning more? Click here!

January 2011

Focus on Forests is celebrating the International Year of Forests in 2011! The UN has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. Forests provide a wealth of values and opportunities for many people around the world. They are managed for a broad range of uses, but to achieve sustainability, forest ecosystems must be maintained in a healthy state and the value of the forest to all users must be respected. Focus on Forests resources are a great way to celebrate IYOF in your classroom!

September 19th, 2010

Happy National Forest Week! Want to learn more about Canada's forests? Check out the great resources we have to bring forests into your classroom. Lesson plans, activities, and fact sheets are all available for FREE. Help educate tomorrow's youth about today's forests!

August 2010

Focus on Forests E-newsletter!

Focus on Forests has launched an e-newsletter to keep you up to date with lots of great educational resource and news updates. Register today to sign up for updates!

March 2010

We are looking for your feedback and ideas to make Focus on Forests even better! A new Discussion Forum has been added to the site! The discussion forum will be used to gain some feedback from Focus on Forests users, and to also generate discussion between current members. If you have some tricks, advice, recommendations, or comments about any of the resources, visit the discussion forums here!

January 2010

Coming Soon: Teachers Forum!

A new interactive forum is being added to the Focus on Forests site. This forum will open up the conversation and will help to improve the Focus on Forests site to meet the needs of our users. Feedback from our users will be used to develop new lesson plans and activities. Launching in February 2010!

December 2009

Focus on Forests would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday!

Did you know that real Christmas trees are the environmentally friendly choice? To learn more about why real Christmas trees are not only more festive but are the greener way, check out this fact sheet put together by the Ontario Forestry Association.

October 2009

Focus on Forests Plants the Seed

The Ontario Forestry Association (OFA), the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation (ORMF), and Trees Ontario have developed a series of Focus on Forests materials designed to teach children all about trees and tree seeds. Restoration activities (focused on native tree seed and tree planting), undertaken by Trees Ontario in parternship with the ORMF are highlighted in this resource. General information about the Oak Ridges Moraine including how the Moraine was formed and history of the area is also provided.

"This program has been made available through funding from ORMF as part of an on-going seed program partnership with Trees Ontario," said Kium Gavine, Executive Director, ORMF. "We are thrilled to be extending the parternship into Ontario classrooms, particularly those situated on the Moraine, thanks to the OFA and the Focus on Forests program."

To check out the great resources that were developed, click here.

September 2009

Focus on Forests Goes National!

A new exciting National Education Partnership has been formed between the Ontario Forestry Association and Tree Canada, supported by Majesta (Irving Tissue Corporation). This partnership highlights the value of Focus on Forests across Canada as playing a leader in forest education.

New! Curriculum Links for 2009

Teachers, check out how you can use Focus on Forest lesson plans to meet your Elementary Curriculum! Click here to view Curriculum Links for your province or territory.