Improving School Forest Outdoor Classrooms

CCM crew with class after buckthorn pull.


Help School Forests create inspiring, accessible, healthy and safe outdoor learning areas.


The School Forest Program received a grant from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) to complete projects at 60 School Forests to give schools the boost needed to improve their outdoor classrooms to be better environments for outdoor learning. The ENRTF grant covers the costs of a crew from the Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa (CCM) to do the "heavy lifting" on projects that your School Forest has not been able to do. This includes all of the tools and equipment necessary to get the job done.

This grant is now closed.

Overall Grant Outcomes

  • 67 renovation and restoration project completed
  • 3314 students engaged in service-learning experiences
  • 412 school staff and volunteers trained in land management skills
  • Four regional summits focused on land management concepts and hands-on skill building.

LCCMR Final Report

  • Coming soon.

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. DNR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.