We invite you to walk the trails of the Cambridge School Forest in every season. The abundant blooms of spring wildflowers are an amazing sight, but every season has special sights, sounds, and smells for you to enjoy.
The woods have been part of the elementary experience since 1998, when we moved into our new elementary school building. Students at every grade level have regular opportunities for lessons, activities, observations, research, explorations and service-learning in this wonderful outdoor classroom.
We are pleased to offer active outdoor learning experiences to students because they have been shown to both increase student academic success and improve attitude and behavior. The Cambridge Elementary School Forest lies just north of our Cambridge Elementary School building. A system of trails and learning spaces, built and maintained by students and volunteers, makes this 9-acre woodland accessible for classroom activities as well as the public.
Our woods received the designation of a School Forest in 2011 when we submitted our forest education plan to the School Forest Program at UW-Stevens Point. This designation offers us many benefits and will help us realize our educational goals, as well as our forest management goals for this woodland learning center.
As part of our management/restoration plan, we have been removing invasive species such as Buckthorn trees (a non-native invasive tree) and garlic mustard from our woods each winter since 2009. The woods is responding with amazing growth of native plants that welcome a growing variety of wildlife. Volunteers are always welcomed for the ongoing restoration.
If you have questions about our woods, our woodland curriculum, or are looking for volunteer opportunities, please contact Georgia Gomez-Ibanez through the Cambridge Elementary School.