Forestry educational resources
Encouraging outdoor activities and teaching about the benefits of Wisconsin forests are important. Get started with instilling the bigger picture in the hands, hearts and minds of youth by going to the forestry education resource links below.
In the classroom
LEAF - Learning Experiences and Activities in Forestry - Wisconsin's K-12 forestry education program known as LEAF (Learning, Experiences and Activities in Forestry) was created in 2001 to help promote forestry education in Wisconsin. Since then, LEAF has provided professional development to thousands of Wisconsin's teachers and provided curriculum to hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin students.
Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is widely recognized as one of the premier environmental education programs in the world. Through hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, PLT helps young people learn how to think, not what to think, about complex environmental issues. In Wisconsin, Project Learning Tree is administered by the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education.
Wisconsin’s School Forest Program is 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. Wisconsin's school forest program began with 1927 legislation and Wisconsin's first school forests were established in the spring of 1928 in Laona, Crandon and Wabeno. Today there are 238 schools with school forests located in all 72 Wisconsin counties. School forests are remarkable educational resources that are available to:
- Help schools meet state and national core education standards.
- Serve as a focus to integrate environmental education into the school's curriculum.
- Provide hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.
- Strengthen school-community relations.
- Demonstrate sustainable natural resource management.
- Produce income for education activities.
Forestry education resources
- Forestry Song - Find the lyrics of "The Forest Is the Place Where We All Live" by Stuart Stotts. Included are the songwriter's biography, the song sheet, a video clip of motions to the chorus of the song and more.
- In Grandpa's Woods - Interactive book for children.
- Wisconsin Forest Tales - Historical fiction book in which glimpses of forest history and life over the past 150 years is shared.
Basic facts and ID
- Learn how to identify a tree.
- Learn about harmful forest insects and diseases.
- Identify invasive species.
Detailed information and analysis
- Division of Forestry Strategic Direction
- Forestry publications.
- Explore the state forest census data under Forest Inventory and Analysis.
- Find out how to order aerial photos.
- learn about the Forestry Geographic Information System library.