A school forest is land registered through the state community forest program and owned or controlled by a public or private school and used for environmental education and natural resource management. School forests are exceptional outdoor classrooms.
The Wisconsin School Forest Program serves as a resource for all school forests in the state. The program is coordinated by Gretchen Marshall, the Wisconsin School Forest Education Specialist, who is part of the LEAF Program. The school forest program and the Wisconsin School Forest Education Specialist position are the result of a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education in the College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point.
Questions? Contact Gretchen or Steve.
Services provided to school forests include:
Contact Gretchen with any school forest and outdoor education related inquiries…especially if you would like to connect with your local DNR forester or have questions about registration. Gretchen can be reached at 715-346-2633 or Gretchen.Marshall@uwsp.edu
Steve assists school forest educators with questions, professional development, School Forest Awards, and site visits to properties. Steve can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.