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Your Forest, Your Future

Forest Park Schools is a rural school surrounded by natural resources and the school and local community

rely on industries tied to these resources. The sustainability of these natural resources depends on the future

stewardship that can be provided by education. For the last three years,

Your Forest, Your Future

has educated

K-12 students about sustainable forestry, logging practices, healthy ecology and their connection to the world

around them.

Research supports the use of real-world applications and its improvement of students’ critical thinking and

problem-solving skills. When students return to the classroom, they apply information and concepts learned

in the woods and with local industries. Academic achievement is improved with the implementation of rigorous

and relevant activities, which are an integral part of this program.

Your Forest, Your Future

is a coordinated, school-wide initiative with all staff involved

including administration, teachers, support staff and school board members. Community

involvement from a wide range of government agencies, non-profit associations and private

businesses aid in the overall process. Students learn more about the local infrastructure

and economy, as well as how they may be able to contribute to the area both now and in

the future.

With the Education Excellence grant, Forest Park Schools will continue

Your Forest, Your


, making it a regular part of their school culture. They have invited neighboring

school districts to their school forest and want to make the program available to others

on an annual basis. They plan to expand the program to include additional educational

trails and signage for flora and fauna. Through

Your Forest, Your Future

, Forest Park Schools

helps students advocate for the importance of natural resources, rural communities and

recognize they’re an important part in the sustainability of both.