School Forests in Minnesota

collage of four images of students learning outside.

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
  • frequent, enjoyable outdoor experiences
  • engagement in learning

For schools, the School Forest program provides:

Open the door to natural resources for your students today!


School Forest Outdoor Grants

The School Forest Program is now accepting applications for grants up to $500 to increase, improve, or create outdoor learning for students. Deadline for applications is Feb. 25, 2021. Applicants must be current School Forest sites.

Updated GPS kit

Check out the newly updated GPS kit. It includes more curriculum and lesson ideas and a new teaching compass. Check it out for up to three weeks.

New site features page

Find inspiration for your next project. Our updated site features page shows features from different School Forests around the state including benches, classroom seating areas, and structures.