Be part of a new civic science effort to mobilize your school site as a learning tool! The WDNR Urban Forestry program and LEAF, Wisconsin’s K-12 Forestry Education Program, are teaming up with teachers to conduct tree inventories on school grounds and have them displayed on the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, a compilation of tree inventories from around the state. Tree inventories are used for many purposes, particularly to assess tree benefits, schedule tree maintenance, identify health risks, identify planting locations and, of particular relevance to this project, for education. Students work in groups to access the tree map via a smart phone or other device and collect data related to the species, size, condition and location of the trees. Different resources are also made available from the DNR and LEAF, such as the new Wisconsin Urban Tree Key, assessment of diversity, calculation of urban tree benefits, and more. With the pursuit of a tree inventory, students can learn more about the trees and forest ecosystems around them, becoming more intimately familiar with the places and spaces in which they live. In this workshop, get on board to explore the Wisconsin Community Tree Map and its many data features to engage in place-based learning at your school site with your students.
DNR Service Center