School Forest Lessons

There are an infinite number of lessons to use during field trips to
the school forest and SFLessonsPicture.pngwonderful activity guides exist already. Don’t forget about the LEAF Forestry Lesson Guides, LEAF Urban Forestry Guide, Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, etc…the list of good lesson guides can go on and on. The lessons linked here are additional lessons created to help infuse school forest field trips directly into your classroom curriculum. If you have other lessons to share that link classroom concepts to the school forest, please share them with Gretchen.

  • Understanding Mean, Median, Mode, & Range
  • Estimating and Graphing Outdoors
  • I See Color All Around!
  • Measurement: Inches and Centimeters
  • Patterns and Shapes in Nature
  • Teamwork/Challenge Course Activities (Shared by the Tri-County School Forest)
  • A, B, C...Word Search
  • Creative Inspirations at the School Forest
  • My Season Journal
  • Ecosystem Phenology
  • School Forest Haiku


If you need ideas on how to connect curriculum concepts to your school forest, contact Gretchen Marshall at or 715-346-2633.


School Forest Science Curriculum Connections and Lessons

Relevant science lessons for implementation in your school forest are now available! The subject links below take you to a page listing lessons you can implement at your school forest, with just a bit of preparation.  All lessons are in PDF format.   Special thanks to WSST for partnering on this project.







Special Note: The concepts listed that do not contain a lesson can be taught at the school forest, we are just looking for submissions and ideas. If you have a lesson that corresponds to one of these concepts, please submit it (preferably in MS Word .doc or .docx format) for inclusion to Gretchen Marshall. Gretchen will review any lesson submitted related to biology, chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, physical science, and physics that can be taught outdoors.  Lessons posted on this site include full attribution for the source of the lesson, so please cite your submission, especially if you are the source! 


Also, if you have lessons for additional concepts not listed, please submit those, as well.  If you are willing to be contacted by other teachers via email, please let Gretchen know.