What does LEAF stand for?
LEAF is Wisconsin's
K-12 Forestry Education Program. The
name was developed and words were selected to create the acronym (it's a
reverse acronym!). Those words are:
Learning, Experiences, & Activities in Forestry. We just use LEAF.
All the LEAF Lesson
Guides are available in electronic format for free download on this website (LINK) and from our Moodle
site. (Link) Paper copies are distributed through our K-12 Forestry for
Wisconsin Classrooms workshops. (Link)
Where does LEAF funding come from?
LEAF is a
partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Division of
Forestry and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education in the College of
Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point.
LEAF's primary funding comes from the state Conservation Fund - Forestry
Account. This funding is allocated by
the State Legislature. UW-Stevens Point
provides in kind support through office space, technology support, budget
management and accounting, and other services.
LEAF also receives other funding through grants, contracts, and program
Why does LEAF teach about forest management?
approach takes a holistic and comprehensive perspective in which forest
management is included. We all use
forest products. Students should
understand the diverse values of Wisconsin's forests so they can make informed
How many school forests are there?
Please visit the
School Forest page to access updated information. (Link)
Does my district have a school forest?
Is the LEAF curriculum aligned to standards that
teachers are required to address?
Yes. LEAF is aligned to Wisconsin state standards
in Agriculture Education, Language Arts, Environmental Education, Mathematics,
Science, Social Studies, and Visual Arts.
How does forestry education fit into school
Teaching in and
about forests can enhance student learning in most subject areas and grade
What resources do you have to help teachers teach in
or about forests?
extensive Wisconsin-focused curriculum resources and staff support to help
teachers teach in and about
forests. LEAF also provide professional
development to enhance teachers' knowledge and skills.
Why don't you include information about rainforests?
We believe it's
important to learn about what's in your community. Rainforests are important, but so are
Wisconsin's forests and we don't have any rainforests.
Can you identify a tree?
Maybe. We're happy to respond to requests for tree
identification. The more characteristics
you can give us, the more likely we are to be able to help with identification. Key tree identification characteristics are:
location in which the tree is growing (part of the world, urban/rural, wet or
dry location); leaf shape, size, texture (clear pictures are really helpful),
and whether it's evergreen or deciduous; twig branching pattern (opposite,
alternate, or whorled); and bark color and texture. If you can give us all or most of those
characteristics, you have a pretty good shot at getting your tree identified.
Yes! We can visit your
school to support your school forest and school grounds efforts, or to help
plan for integrating forestry education into your curriculum. Just let us
know how we can help, and we’ll be happy to arrange a site visit.
What resources do you offer
LEAF offers extensive
curriculum resources, engaging professional development, and networking and
support to help you teach in and about Wisconsin’s forests.
What part of the state do you
All of it. We hold
professional development, support school forests and outdoor classrooms, and
plan curriculum integration throughout the state.
How many people do you need
to have a professional development offering?
We need to have a minimum of
8 people to hold a workshop, course, or in-service. The topic and content
can be tailored to your school’s specific interests and needs. Contact us to
Does LEAF have a model school
that showcases what extensive, integrated K-12 forestry education looks like?
We’re working on that.
We have been working with the Goodman-Armstrong School District to fully
integrate forestry education into the school. To learn more about these
efforts, click here.
If you’d like your school to become a model, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-346-4956 to discuss