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Forest For Every Classroom Engages Students in Environmental Topics

Eighteeen educators, administrators and community members participated in Wisconsin's first replication of Forest For Every Classroom. Barbara McGuinness, Forest ServiceSnapshot : Building a network for place-based environmental education in Wisconsin

Principal Investigators(s) :
McGuinness, Barbara 
Research Location : Wisconsin
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 51


Forest For Every Classroom is a year-long professional development program for K-12 (Kindergarten through 12th grade) teachers that emphasizes place-based education and service learning as one of the most effective methods for connecting youth to nature.

With LEAF (Wisconsin's K-12 Forestry Education program), Forest Service scientists and conservation educators brought together resources and expertise from six additional education partners and all three Forest Service mission areas. The Forest Service worked along with LEAF to complete the first year of Forest For Every Classroom training.

This year-long, place-based model of professional development engages teachers in 11 days of training throughout the year and helps develop a network of educators, education providers, and natural resource professionals to cultivate a sustained change in teachers' approaches to education.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
  • Forest Service Conservation Education (WO)
  • State and Private Forestry, Northeastern Area
  • Earth Partnership for Schools
  • LEAF, the Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program
  • Nicolet Distance Education Network
  • Project Learning Tree
  • Trees For Tomorrow
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction