In the past, schools have come up with some of the most interesting FSC Friday events - from forest visits to tree planting, to lessons on FSC certification and sustainable forestry (using our free educational resources).
© Be ModernFSC Friday is a great time to introduce children to the world of forests. Even if FSC certification is only briefly touched on, we know children are inspired by the huge diversity in the world's forests and intrigued to learn about the people who depend on them and the animals who call them home. Events needn’t take place on FSC Friday itself, we welcome celebrations throughout the month of September!
We have produced a wide range of educational resources for Key Stages 1-4, which you can find downloads for on the resources page.
Poster or video competition
Create videos or posters encouraging people to look for the FSC logo. We’d love to see what you create!
Make a trail
Make a trail from leaves and twigs for participants to follow. You could even organise a forest or tree-themed treasure hunt! Include information on the FSC logo and its importance in your clues or begin or end your trail with a short discussion about ways to protect the world’s forests.
Films about FSC
Show a film (or films) about FSC to your class or group. This is probably the easiest way to gain understanding of what FSC is and what you can do to help save the world’s forests. A variety of films about FSC can be found here.
Dress in green / fancy dress
Don fancy dress or simply wear green on FSC Friday. You could use forests as a theme, dressing up as trees, flowers, fruits etc.
Twin your school
In 2011 and 2012, pupils from schools in Russia corresponded with UK schoolchildren, linking the FSC certified forest source with the UK market for the products. If you are interested in “twinning” your school or community groups with one in another country, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.
Spot the logo at home
Give your class or group the task of recording how many times they can find the FSC logo on products in their home. Perhaps give a prize for the most discovered, or the most unusual product. This can be a starting point for a discussion on the huge variety of things that we get from forests.
Fruits of the Forest Game
1. All participants write down up to 12 (or any number of your choice) products that come from forests (limit this to things in your house/school/etc.).
2. Each person reads out their list and if anyone else has the same product they cross it off their list.
3. The winner is the person with the most items left on their list.
4. Follow this with a discussion of the range of FSC products available and what FSC means.
What can you find in the woods today?
1. Hide wood or paper products across various sites in the forest. If you mix non-FSC and FSC products (it could be things in your house e.g. wooden toys, tissue paper), you can differentiate products with the FSC logo, and at the end explain its importance. 2. Ask the participants to find the various wood and paper products. The winner is the one who finds the most products, with extra points being awarded for FSC products.