Our students enjoy access to our school forest. Our engaging science lessons are based on Minnesota State Standards. Community members and volunteers help maintain trails and infrastructure within the forest.
A School Forest is an outdoor classroom where students learn a variety of subjects and address academic standards. It can become a place that not only enhances an appreciation of natural resources but heightens community pride and involvement. A functioning School Forest has positive effects on students, teachers, parents, and the community.
For students, school forests can:
- Make lessons more relevant by using meaningful, real-world situations.
- Reach students through hands-on learning.
- Increase knowledge gain and student achievement.
- Provide mentoring opportunities for older students.
- Encourage physical activity and improve student health.
- Allow students with disabilities frequent, safe contact with the natural world.
- Develop young people's innate interest in the natural world.
- Foster a sense of ownership and community connection.
- Increase creativity, self-esteem, and motivation.
- Expose students to local natural resource career possibilities.