LEAF works to fully integrate its and its partners’ services and resources to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to forestry education.
Teachers are LEAF’s primary audience. Developing teachers’ forestry literacy is an important key to expanding forestry education in schools. No single experience is going to result in their forestry literacy. LEAF strives for our programmatic areas to be interrelated components of a systems-based approach to forestry education.
As we move ahead, we foresee a greater depth and diversity of LEAF services and resources within our priority programmatic areas to accomplish this.
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.
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 revenue.
Our education 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 decisions.
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. Please note that there is a fee associated with some of our consultant work and professional development services.
All of it. We hold professional development, support school forests and outdoor classrooms, and plan curriculum integration throughout the state.
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 make arrangements.
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 email@example.com or 715-346-4956 to discuss further.
All the LEAF Lesson Guides are available in electronic format for free download on this webpage.
Paper copies are distributed through our K-12 Forestry for Wisconsin Classrooms workshops.
Yes. LEAF is aligned to Wisconsin state standards in Agriculture Education, Language Arts, Environmental Education, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Visual Arts.
Teaching in and about forests can enhance student learning in most subject areas and grade levels.
LEAF provides 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.
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.
LEAF offers extensive curriculum resources, engaging professional development, and networking and support to help you teach in and about Wisconsin’s forests.
Please visit the School Forest page to access updated information.