​IMPORTANT UPDATE: During the Fall of 2020, the kits and trunks that are available for checkout are limited to the ones listed below. If you are interested in reserving one of the kits below, confirm their availability on this calendar and submit a request form for that specific kit found on our Kits and Trunks page. Additionally, all requested kits must be shipped via SpeeDee Delivery. Pick-up and drop-off options from our Stevens Point office will not be available. When submitting the new request please choose the ‘shipping option’. If you are looking for a kit at one of our host site locations, each location may have different availability due to their particular district guidelines.

To ensure staff and public safety, the kits and trunks will be quarantined as recommended by the Wisconsin Public Libraries Re-opening Guidelines. All kits will be quarantined for at least three days and disinfected before they are put back into circulation.

Kits Available for Check out during Fall 2020:

Forest Education Kit​Forest Health Kit

 

Forestry Education Kits


BioBlitz Kits
Get your students excited and engaged with one or all of the kits below. Each kit is available to check-out separately or together depending on availability.

Edible Forest Kits
materials provide information on permaculture, orchards, foraging, and everything in between. Use the kit to help you decide what path to follow and what resources to purchase for your own use.

Forestry Education Kits
Forestry Education Kits are available to check-out and are great for hands-on forestry education.

Forest Health Kits
Kits are available to check-out and are great for learning about invasive species, disease, and other aspects that impact the health of a forest.

Forest Products Kit
The Forest Products kit allows students to learn about forest products, and associated careers, through hands-on exploration.

LEAF K-8th Grade-based Kits
LEAF has assembled 5 new kits that correspond to the K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, 4th grade, 5-6th grade, and 7-8th grade LEAF Lesson Guides. These kits were made possible thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation. They are available for you to borrow at no cost.

Wildland Fire Kit
The Wildland Fire Kit includes equipment to model what professional wildland firefighter's use in the field. It includes protective gear, digging tools, mapping devices, and weather-monitoring equipment. Increase literacy skills with various fiction and non-fiction books focused on wildland firefighting and the cultural and historic practices of fire management.

 

BioBlitz Kits


The LEAF BioBlitz Kit Series provides hands-on resources to enhance outdoor teaching activities. Students will be able to measure, graph, and collect data in any school ground setting. Get your students excited and engaged with one or all of the kits below. Each kit is available to check-out separately or together depending on availability.

Field Guide Kit

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A wide range of field guides are found in this kit. Search for Monarch’s emerging from their chrysalis in September, go on a winter bird watching walk, improve your tree ID lesson with color photos of leaves and branches or discover the names of those creepy crawlies under that log.


Garmin Handheld GPS Kit

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Get out, explore and develop your students' mapping skills with the eTrex 10 handheld GPS from Garmin. The device includes a worldwide basemap, 2.2” display, both GPS and GLONASS satellites for fast positioning. Kit contains 10 GPS units. Each device takes two AA batteries. Batteries not included in kit.


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Checkout LEAF’s GPS Basics on Your School Grounds

Kestrel 5500 Pocket Weather Meter Kit

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Help your students to discover the impact weather conditions have on forest environments. The Kestrel 3000 Pocket Weather Meter is a handheld weather-monitoring device that measures essential environmental factors like temperature and wind speeds. Additionally, an external temperature sensor and waterproof casing allow you to gauge the temperature of water (it even floats) and snow, as well as the open air. This kit contains 5 weather meters. 

 

 

 

 


The Kestrel Meter 3000 Wind Meter measures:

  • Current Wind Speed
  • Maximum Wind Gust
  • Average Wind Speed
  • Air, Water & Snow Temperature
  • Wind Chill
  • Relative Humidity
  • Heat Stress Index
  • Dewpoint

Kestrel 3000 Pocket Weather Meter Kit Checklist

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Edible Forest Kits


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A wide range of subjects are included in the books and other publications in this reference kit. Reference materials provide information on permaculture, orchards, foraging, and everything in between. Use the kit to help you decide what path to follow and what resources to purchase for your own use.

The kit is available for you to borrow at no cost. Funding for the LEAF Edible Forest Reference Kit was provided by the Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation under a grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board.

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Forestry Education Kits


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Forestry Education Kits are available to check-out and are great for hands-on forestry education. There are twelve kits available - contact information for all twelve locations is below.

The kits contain equipment and tools to facilitate teaching tree identification and management, plot investigations, and navigation using compasses. In addition, one kit contains 10 Garmin GPS units.    

There is no fee for using the kits, but users are responsible for the loss or damage of kit contents. Funding for this project was provided by the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB), Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation (WEEF), and LEAF - Wisconsin's K-12 Forestry Education Program. 

Each kit contains

  • 14 Tree scale/cruising sticks
  • 9 Diameter tapes
  • 10 Clinometers
  • 5 100-foot tapes
  • 10 GPS Units
  • 5 Kestrel weather meters
  • 15 prisms
  • 14 LEAF tree identification keys
  • 1 Set of LEAF tree identification cards
  • 15 Forest Trees of Wisconsin booklets
  • 1 PLT Focus on Forests Lesson Guide
  • 1 Binder containing lessons and instructions   
  • 1 Snakes of Wisconsin by WI DNR
  • 1 Amphibians of Wisconsin by WI DNR
  • 1 Lizards and Turtles of Wisconsin by WI DNR
  • 1 Wildflowers of Wisconsin and Great Lakes Region
  • 1 Complete Guide to Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota
  • 1 Peterson Field Guide: Mammals
  • 1 Peterson Field Guide: Animal Tracks
  • 1 Peterson Field Guide: Reptiles and Amphibians
  • 1 Peterson Field Guide: Insects
  • 1 Peterson Field Guide: Birds
  • 1 Compass teaching kit
(23 compasses, instructing compass face, user guides, instructional DVD, Navigation Curriculum DVD, student workbook,
instructor study guide and answer key, and 2009 catalog)

 
Hands-On, Minds-On
Integrate Forestry Education Kits with LEAF Lesson Guides
Wondering how to use all the cool equipment contained in the forestry education kits?

TREE MEASUREMENT: Wood’s Worth, 5/6 field enhancement 1
In this lesson, students make their own tree scale stick and use it to determine the number of board feet in a tree and the number of products that can be made from a tree.

Afterwards, students go on a scavenger hunt to explore many ways that forests are valuable.

FOREST INVENTORY: Timber Cruise, 9-12 field enhancement 4
Students conduct a timber cruise of their school forest to identify the species of trees, volumes of timber, and basal area on the property. Students work in small groups to collect data and use Kruzer software to analyze the complete class data set.

TREE IDENTIFICATION: Tree Identification, 7/8 field enhancement 1
In this lesson, students learn to use a dichotomous key to identify Wisconsin trees. Students also participate in hands-on activities that help them learn tree identification vocabulary. Students work in groups to study and identify trees and discover the process is not difficult when broken into steps. Link to LEAF Tree ID Cards

ECOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: Forest Diversity, 7/8 field enhancement 3
In this lesson, students study and collect data on three components of diversity found within a forest: species, structural, and functional diversity. After comparing two types of forests, students discuss the value of diversity and the role it plays in a forest.

INVENTORY PLOTS: School Forest Resource Plots, 9-12 field enhancement 2
In this lesson, students work together to plan and establish research plots in their school forest. Students learn about statistical sampling by using a sampling procedure to estimate the numbers of colored poker chips from a large population. They then use a school forest map and a sampling procedure to locate research plot centers in their school forest. In small groups, students work in the field to establish the plots in their school forest.

WILDLIF HABITAT: Habitat Assessment, 9-12 field enhancement 5

Students work in small groups and use wildlife habitat requirements to assess potential animal habitat based on map interpretation, plant and forest inventory information, on-site forest composition and structure, and wildlife habitat needs.

 
Contact one of our twelve participating Forestry Education Kit coordinators for more information





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Forest Health Kits


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Forest Health Kits are available to check-out and are great for learning about invasive species, disease, and other aspects that impact the health of a forest. There are eleven kits available - contact information for all eleven locations is below. The kit contains equipment and tools to facilitate the educational aspects of forest health including insect identification, invasive species, disease, and climate.

There is no fee for using the kits, but users are responsible for the loss or damage of kit contents.

The forest health kit is a result of a partnership between the DNR’s Forest Health staff and LEAF. Funding was provided by a Wisconsin Environmental Education Board Grant.


Forest Health Kit Contents

  • Asian Longhorn Beetle Wood Core Sample
  • Asian Longhorn Beetle Sample
  • Annosum Sample
  • Oak Wilt Sample
  • Emerald Ash Borer Sample
  • Collecting Jar (32oz)
  • Insect Rearing & Observation Cage
  • Plastic Collection Tubes (small)
  • Magnifying boxes
  • Plastic Trowel
  • Forceps
  • Insect Nets
  • Binder containing information and lessons
  • Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
  • Book – Caterpillars of Eastern North America
  • Book - Butterflies of the North Woods
  • Book - Moths and Caterpillars of the North Woods
  • Book - Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods
  • Book - Earthworms of the Great Lakes
  • Book – Spiders of the North Woods
  • Book – Insects of the North Woods
  • Book – Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Manual
 
 

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Wondering how to use all the cool equipment contained in the forest health kit? Resource pages and lessons found in the kit’s binder can be accessed here! Simply click and print.
 
 Forest Health Info Sheets:
 

Forest Health Introduction.pdfAn Introduction to Forest Health

ALB_infosheet.pdfAsian Longhorn Beetle

Crazy worms fact sheet.pdfCrazy Worms

Earthworm_infosheet.pdfEarthworms

 

Gypsy moth_infosheet.pdfGypsy Moth

Annosum_infosheet.pdfAnnosum Root Rot

Oakwilt_infosheet.pdfOak Wilt

 

Lesson plans available online (other lesson plans are available in the binder):

 
 

Management Decisions and Biodiversity, Urban Forest 5-8 Unit Lesson 3

Students participate in a group discussion that defines urban forest management and how different situations require different management. Students then learn about the impact of biodiversity on an urban forest using a map-reading and data-manipulation exercise. Students learn about potential management problems caused by invasive species and plot where exotic species come from on a world map. Finally, students present their opinions to the class in a group presentation, explaining if and how the problems of urban forests are problems in rural forests.

Wisconsin Worm Watch

Did you know that all earthworms in Wisconsin are invasive species?! Although worms can be good for your garden, they are bad for hardwood forests which evolved without earthworms disturbing the soil. The data collected through the Wisconsin Worm Watch survey is very valuable to Forest Health Specialists in the WDNR. Information provided in the surveys helps them understand the distribution of invasive earthworms across Wisconsin and their impact on local forests.​ 

 

Contact one of our eleven participating Forest Health Kit host sites to borrow a kit near you​:​

 


Forest Products Kit


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The Forest Products kit allows students to learn about forest products, and associated careers, through hands-on exploration. Students will be able to Track that Product: From Forest to Finish, explore a forest product case study and trace a product’s journey through the forest, processing, and product. Each case study includes information about the tree, properties that make it important for specific products, and samples of the products themselves. In addition, students can compare between 12 specially engraved wood blocks of common Wisconsin tree species used in forest products and explore wood properties, density, and cell structure. In-line with both teacher and industry demands the kit contains a mix of career-focused resources and literacy components. There is no fee for using the kits, but users are responsible for the loss or damage of kit contents.

The forest products kit is a result of a partnership between the DNR’s Forest Products staff and LEAF. Learn about Wisconsin's Forest Products Industry by downloading slides for your classroom provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. AG-ED_IndustryPresentation_DNR_.pdf

Learn What is Inside the Kit

Track that Product

Contact one of our eleven participating Forest Products Kit host sites to borrow a kit near you




LEAF K-8th Grade-based Kits


LEAF has assembled 5 new kits that correspond to the K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, 4th grade, 5-6th grade, and 7-8th grade LEAF Lesson Guides. These kits were made possible thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Foundation. They are available for you to borrow at no cost.

We understand teachers have a limited amount of time to prep for lessons so LEAF wanted to make it more efficient to incorporate forestry education into your classrooms. These kits contain supplemental lesson materials, fiction and non-fiction books focused on Wisconsin forests, and equipment for students to use when exploring in the forest. Each kit is different based on the lessons within each guide.

Click on the Lesson Guide links below to access the lessons that go with each kit. Simply click and print as they are in PDF form. Click on the representative Kit Content List to see a comprehensive list of all materials included in the kit.

For more information contact Jenny Christopher at Jenny.Christopher@uwsp.edu or 715-346-4864.

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Wildland Fire Kit


Wildland Fire Kit
The Wildland Fire Kit includes equipment to model what professional wildland firefighter's use in the field. It includes protective gear, digging tools, mapping devices, and weather-monitoring equipment. Increase literacy skills with various fiction and non-fiction books focused on wildland firefighting and the cultural and practices of fire management. Pair this kit with LEAF's K-12 Wildland Fire Lesson Guide (included in the kit) to teach students basic wildland fire principles Note: this kit is for educational purposes only. It is NOT to be used for firefighting.



Wildland Fire Kit includes:

  • 24 compasses
  • 1 drip torch
  • 1 set of fire gloves
  • 1 flame resistant shirt
  • 1 hard hat
  • 1 fire hoe*
  • 1 fire pump
  • 1 fire shelter
  • 1 neck shroud
  • 5 weather meters
  • K-12 Wildland Fire Lesson Guide
*fire hoe cannot be shipped

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