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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

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