Explore Your Forests

Youth pose in front of school bus during forestry field triptwo students look through forestry tools while visiting a forestStudent looks through forestry tool while receiving instruction from DNR staffTwo students use a 2 person saw to cut a small long while man holds log in placeyoung students in a large truck cabgroup of young students in for forestTwo students using a two-person saw to saw a small log in half while a person holds the log in placeFour students pose with Smokey BearGroup of students stand in front of a young forest with identification keysStudents investigate the water under a small foot bridgestudent tries on wildland fire gear while peers observe in front of a large fire engine

Hosted by the Michigan Tree Farm Committee, the Wheels to Woods program provides transportation funding for PreK-12 educational field trips to a nearby forest or forest products company. This grant is not competitive - funds will be awarded if available and if the field trip provides outdoor education in a forest for PreK-12 students.

MiPINES seeks to empower educators in practicing outdoor education by providing the location of greenspaces within a short distance of their school. Both teachers and students can discover Michigan’s numerous outdoor sites where fun, hands-on and educational activities can be used to explore nature. MiPINES is a collaborative project between the MDNR and MAEOE. Plug your address into the search bar to discover outdoor classrooms and environmental education sites near you— includes nature centers, DNR visitor centers, state and national forests, reserves, conservancies, and much more! Use the "Wheels to Woods" feature to see some of the eligible locations.

Learn about Michigan forests with Bill Cook and Georgia Peterson on the YouTube Channel BeLEAF It or Not! Each video explores a different aspect of forestry and the forest product industry. The latest series explores Michigan School Forests.