Having a written education plan for you school forest is a crucial stepin developing your school forest program. The school forest education plan will act as the firm foundation the rest of your program will be built upon. The plan will provide clear direction for development and sustenance of the school forest program.
Completing a Needs Assessment
Before starting to create an education plan, step back and gather some information from educators, administrators, community members, parents, and students in your district. A needs assessment can provide valuable information on the opportunities and challenges of using the school forest. Use the following example as a guideline to develop your needs assessment to address your specific district’s needs. Don’t forget there are free online tools to help you conduct your survey as well that make iteasier to administer and tabulate the results of the survey.
School Forest Needs Assessment.pdf
School Forest Education Plan Template
The school forest education plan template provides an established, approved format for school forest education plan development. The template is available in MS Word and Adobe pdf format.
Wisconsin School Forest Ed Plan Outline.pdf
Samples of Approved School Forest Education Plans
The following samples serve as examples for other school forests developing their education plans. These samples are not perfect and each education plan should be developed to uniquely fit the needs of each individual school forest. Use the samples to guide your education plan development and to generate ideas for your own school forest.
Baldwin-Woodville School Forest Education Plan
Boscobel SF Education Plan_August 2010
Cambridge School Forest Plan
Deerfield School Forest Education Plan
Elmwood School Forest Plan
Green Lake School Education Forest Plan
Superior School Forest Education Plan_Feb12
Tomorrow River School Forest Education Plan_Dec10
Whitnall School Forest Education Plan
Winneconne School Forest Plan