Forestry Field Day gets 4-H’ers outside learning fundamental skills that foresters use each day to manage our forests to provide wood products, wildlife habitats, clean air and scenic views.

Youth learn to identify up to 70 tree species found in Georgia and learn about some of the most common insects and diseases that impact our forests. Pacing and compass skills are honed. These skills, along with using specialized forestry tools, allow youth to estimate timber volume. Participants have the opportunity to be a part of a county team and complete in area and state forestry judging contests.

Become a Coach

Day Camp

Hosting a Forestry Day Camp is an excellent way to offer an introduction to Forestry Field Day and recruit 4-H’ers to be a part of your Forestry Team. It gives potential team members a chance to experience Forestry Judging without committing to be a member of the team while serving as a great refresher course for last year’s team members. Day camps can be done as whole or a half day event to introduce the basic concepts of Forestry Field Day.

Activity GuideStudent Workbook

Field Day Competition Guidelines


  • To develop abilities and attributes for better citizens and leaders of tomorrow.
  • To acquire knowledge of trees and forests.
  • To develop skills in forestry related activities.
  • To gain a better understanding of and appreciation for our forest resources and how they contribute to our economy and quality of life

Competition Guidelines

  • Participate in a Forestry Field Day county training.
  • Select county winners on basis of tree identification, insect and disease identification, compass and pacing, and volume estimation.
  • A county may bring a maximum of twenty Juniors (grades 4 – 8) and twenty Seniors (grades 9 – 12) to the area contest. The total score of the high three members will constitute the team score. Counties wishing to have three separate teams must designate them before the contest. Contestants from a county with less than three entries may participate as individuals.
  • The State Forestry Field Day Contest is open to Senior 4-H members only. A county may enter a maximum of 20 participants. State competition is an open contest and teams do not have to qualify at an area event. Teams for the purpose of awards are the top 4 participants in the age division with the top three scores counting.
  • Ties in individual completion will be broken based on saw timber volume estimation, followed by tree identification then insect and disease identification and compass and pacing.
  • Ties in team completion will be broken site evaluation (state contest only) then by the aggregate score of the top three team members in saw timber volume estimation, then the team with by the team member with the high score in saw timber. If a tie remains, tree identification, insect and disease identification and compass and pacing scores will be used.

Awards & Recognition

  • Each participant will receive an award card and a judging pin.
  • District winning team and the 2nd place team will receive a certificate
  • The high individual at the district contest will also receive a certificate
  • State Winning senior team will receive a plaque and will participate in the National 4-H Forestry Invitational or a forestry educational tour.  Some expenses will be covered for the national trip.
  • Additionally, the state winning team and the high senior individual in the state contest will be eligible for Master 4-H’er status and participate in the recognition of Special Events Winners at State 4-H Congress. The banquet meal and lodging expenses will be paid for the team and coach; however, travel costs are not covered.


  • Northwest District – Tuesday, September 3, 2019
    • Camp Westminster, Conyers, GA
  • Southwest District – Monday, September 9, 2019
    • C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park, Camilla, GA
  • Southeast District – Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    • Gordonia State Park, Reidsville, GA
  • Northeast District – Tuesday, September 17, 2019
    • Thompson Mills Arboretum, Braselton, GA
  • State Contest – Saturday, September 28, 2019
    • Whitehall Forest UGA, Athens, GA


For more information contact your local county Extension Agent or

Craven Hudson at 706-542-4H4H