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Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy & Sustainability:

Connect, Explore, and Engage students at your school forests! These DPI standards take an interdisciplinary approach to integrating environmental education into multiple subject areas.

School Forests can be used to…

Meet state education and national core standards

Education programs at school forests help to meet diverse state mandated standards including science, language arts, math, social studies, environmental education, art, and agriculture education.

Integrate environmental education into the curriculum

Research has shown that using the environment as a theme across subject areas increases standardized test scores, improves attendance, and decreases behavior problems. A school forest should be an extension of the classroom that is used to enhance learning through hands-on, experiential approaches that can’t be accomplished within the four walls of a classroom.

Strengthen school and community relationships

Partnerships with community members, resources, and businesses can be formed at the school forest by utilizing the knowledge and experience of local companies and potentially supplying these companies with products. The school forest can also serve as a community resource by hosting educational events and providing a recreation site for the public.

Provide Income

Forest products, non-timber forest products, and rental of facilities can generate income for the school. Ideally these funds would be invested in the school forest to maintain and support the program.

Connect teachers and students to place

School forests can help re-localize education and connect students to their natural and human communities. A sense of place is essential in creating relevancy in education as well as assuring that we strive to live well in our place.

Demonstrate sustainable natural resource management

School forests serve as the context for understanding how management decisions and their life-style choices are related. The forest provides opportunities for students to become involved in resource management planning, implementing, and utilization of forest products.

School forests are one type of outdoor classroom.

See research linked below that showcases the benefits of taking students outside to learn.

School Forest Resources

Use the buttons below to navigate the rest of the school forest website to find relevant information and resources for your local school forest programs.

About Wisconsin’s School Forests

Learn more about the Wisconsin’s School Forest Program’s history, and explore the registered School Forests around Wisconsin.

Getting Started / Registration

Learn more about the educational value that the School Forest Program offers, who is eligible to apply, and the registration process.

Developing Your School Forest Program

Developing your School Forest Program can be challenging. LEAF’s School Forest Program provides several tools to get you started.

Sustaining Your School Forest

LEAF provides several tools and resources you may find helpful as you think about programming to offer at your school forest.