The USDA Forest Service is excited to collaborate with public library systems across the country on the Smokey Bear Reading Challenge in celebration of Smokey Bear’s 80th Birthday. This program is designed to be a fun and easy way to engage children in reading about wildfire prevention, forests, and natural resource careers, while exploring their local environment.
Thank you to the Georgia Public Library Service for helping to develop this program.
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At no cost, each library whose State is enrolled in the program will receive a limited amount of incentive items. Please reach out to your State library director of youth services or other statewide library representative for more information on when to expect these items.
For questions about the challenge, contact Rachel Bayer, Environmental Education Specialist, USDA Forest Service at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional incentive items can be ordered at a low cost through www.symbols.gov or at no cost through https://www.naturalinquirer.org/. Free printable incentive items are below.
Use these marketing messages, graphics, and promotional materials to implement the program. Note: No alterations or variations should be made to graphics or promotional materials.
Download poster, bookmark, sticker, and button designs
Sticker & Button
Download reading challenge log, incentive items, Smokey’s Reading List, and Games
Smokey Bear Reading Challenge Log
Smokey's Reading List
- Download Drown Your Campfire
- Download Help Smokey Maze
- Download If Not You, Who?
- Download Never Leave a Fire Unattended
- Download Never Play with Matches
- Download Prevent Wildfires
- Download Smokey’s Friends
- Download Smokey’s Friends Don’t Play with Matches
Write to Smokey
Natural Inquirer Coloring Books
- Download (pages available to print or order copies for free, while supplies last)
“Pin the Hat on Smokey” Game
Social Media Messages
Use and customize these messages to help promote the Smokey Bear Reading Challenge to your community.
Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 80th Birthday. Join Smokey in learning about wildfires and the environment. Read books, take action, and have fun! Kids earn badges and prizes as they read and take action. Get started today!
Did you know 9 out of 10 wildfires are caused by people? Smokey Bear does! Help Smokey prevent wildfires by joining the Smokey Bear Reading Challenge. Read books, take action, and have fun.
Smokey Bear turns 80 this year. Join Smokey in completing a reading challenge to learn about wildfires and the environment in honor of his birthday. You’ll get to read books, earn badges, and receive prizes.
- Only You Can Prevent Wildfires! Learn more about how you can play your part and help Smokey Bear celebrate his 80th birthday through the Smokey Bear Reading Challenge!
Social Media Graphics
Use these graphics on digital screens to raise awareness of the Smokey Bear Reading Challenge program.
These images can also be resized to use in social media posts or on your website. Graphic size: 1920px X 1280px
Online Platform App Graphics
Graphic dimensions: 920px x 351px.