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Are you up for the challenge?

This International Day of Forests, you’re invited to join a global movement of people and communities celebrating and bringing awareness to our shared ecosystems, environments, and climate.

On March 23rd, join us in celebrating and supporting the forests in the annual 5KM Challenge. There’s no better way to celebrate than by spending time in nature — all while raising funds to restore and protect vital forest ecosystems.

Community Forests International is hosting a special outdoor event where you will immerse yourself in nature through a guided walk and learn intriguing facts about the local forests and ecosystems. After the event, we’ll have some light snacks and refreshments, Community Forests’ stickers, and prizes!

It's as easy as 1-2-3

Step 1 – Sign up by March 20th
Step 2 – Ask your friends and family to support your Challenge by making a donation of any amount.
Step 3 – Come out to Waterfowl Park at 11am, Saturday, March 23rd!

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You can support community-led solutions that benefit both forest ecosystems and the people directly connected to them. Donate to your family member, friend, or roommate taking on the 5KM Challenge — knowing that your generosity will go directly towards restoring and protecting the special Wabanaki forest for generations to come.

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Build Teamwork & Climate Solutions

Not only is the 5KM Challenge a great team-building opportunity for you and your club members— it’s a way for your club to give back for communities, climate, and the forest. Have questions? Let’s chat! You can email our Development Coordinator, Natsuki Kyokane, anytime at

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Celebrate Virtually

Prefer to celebrate from home? You can join our virtual celebration by sharing your top 5 photos from the forest with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Remember to tag us and use the hashtag #5ForForests

About Community Forests

Community Forests International works in Canada and Zanzibar to protect and restore forests, help communities adapt to climate change, build economic prosperity, and champion social equality. Community Forests International is committed more than ever to centring not only forests but also climate justice in our vision, mission, and actions — understanding that by acting with justice people will be the restorative force that the world needs.


  • What is the 5KM Challenge?

    To celebrate International Day of Forests, we’re challenging you to run, walk, stroll, or cycle 5KM — all while raising funds to protect and restore forests.

  • Is there a group event?

    Fundraising is more fun with friends! You are encouraged and welcome to sign up with a group and take the Challenge as a team!

  • What are donations used for?

    All donations to the 5KM Challenge go directly towards our work to restore and protect the special Wabanaki forest across the Wabanakik-Maritime region. Your support helps Community Forests International to restore degraded forest through climate-smart forest management and securing additional forested lands for long-term protection.

  • Is there a minimum I need to raise?

    We challenge you to raise at least $5 for each 1km!

    However, there is no minimum to participate. No matter how much you raise or donate, your support is invaluable and goes a long way to restore and protect the special Wabanaki forest.

  • How do I get pledges?

    Not sure how to ask friends and family to pledge donations? We’re here to support you every step of the way. Sign up today and you’ll receive our fundraising package, plus email tips and updates up until the big day!

  • I'm in! How do I sign up?
    Thank you for joining the Challenge!

    Step 1Sign up today.
    Step 2 – Ask your friends and family to support your Challenge by making a donation of any amount.
    Step 3 – Run, walk, stroll, or cycle your personal 5KM Challenge!

  • How do I donate to my friend/coworker/family?

    Thank you for taking action for the forests! You can dedicate your donation to your friend, family member, or roommate taking on the Challenge by heading over to the 5KM Challenge donation page here.