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:

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Highlights about our School Forests

Grand Rapids School Forest Teacher Dale Klingenberg looking at a fresh deer kill Trinity Loan Oak School Forest Jefferson School winter tree
Grand Rapids School Forest Laporte School Forest Trinity Loan Oak School Forest Jefferson School Forest

image: Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund logoFunding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).