School Forests in Minnesota

Welcome to the School Forest Program website!

graphic of School Forest logoA school forest is an outdoor classroom. Students learn and apply math, art, science, language arts, and social studies while gaining an appreciation and awareness of natural resources.

For students, School Forests develop and provide:

  • self-esteem
  • sense of community
  • skills
  • knowledge base
  • life-long critical thinking
  • real-life situations in their forest
  • frequent, enjoyable outdoor experiences
  • engagement in learning

For schools, the School Forest program provides:

Open the door to natural resources for your students today!


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Highlights about our School Forests

Beaver pond at Lakewood School Forest blackduck garlough Mankato School Forest
Lakewood School Forest Blackduck School Forest Garlough School Forest Mankato East