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LEAF Program Helps Integrate Forests, SchoolsSubmitted: 05/03/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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bmeyer@wjfw.com

LEAF Program Helps Integrate Forests, Schools
GOODMAN - In the Northwoods, the forest surrounds us.

But are students in our schools learning enough about that natural resource?

A group called LEAF - Learning, Experiences, and Activities in Forestry - wants to make sure the forest is part of students' education - and culture.

It's an initiative of UW-Stevens Point.

"(We help with) learning how to use forests to teach all subject areas - math, science, language arts. We do that through providing professional development for the teachers and curriculum resources that are tied to standards," says Jeremy Solin with the program.

The Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District uses LEAF's help more than any other.

On Friday, leaders from other school districts met in Goodman to learn how they can make their curriculum more like it.

"Northern Wisconsin is a beautiful place, but we really need young people here, with their creative ideas and energy, sharing their knowledge and skills with us. This really helps to set a foundation and connect them to place, so that these are communities they want to come back to," Solin says.

Almost 5,000 teachers have participated in LEAF programs in the last decade.

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