We Believe Forests are of Great Educational Importance
Forests are a place to explore concepts and compare observations. Forests provide a natural learning environment, a model to learn-by-doing through the exploration of local lands and local issues.
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to forestry education
Did you know? The Woodland is Wisconsin DNR forestland? The Forest Exploration Center and the Wisconsin DNR have a Public/Private partnership to make this 60 acre gem a model of sustainable forestry and educational outreach.
A site like the Woodland- well there simply isn't anything like it. A high quality hardwood forest in the middle of the city. I think you have an appointment...with a tree.
Our Mission The Forest Exploration Center seeks to help visitors explore, explain and experience Wisconsin forests and forestry.
Our Goals Include:
Connect Milwaukee County residents and visitors, particularly young people, with Wisconsin’s forests resource and increase their awareness of the role of forest resources in their daily lives.
Help learners of all ages understand and appreciate the myriad ecological, social and economic benefits of Wisconsin forests.
Provide sustainable forestry education, experiences and activities for children in pre-K through grade 12, parents/grandparents, residents and visitors to the area.
Connect with Wisconsin’s K-12 forestry curriculum to teach science, history, mathematics, social studies and other subjects using forestry themes.
Provide indoor and outdoor exhibits and programming.
Provide an orientation to educational opportunities that lead to STEM-based careers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Become part of an integrated land use plan, linking with nearby University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Innovation Campus, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Milwaukee County Grounds Floodwater Management Facility, Milwaukee County Parks trails and facilities, and other nearby trails.
Meet the Board of Directors
Tom Gaertner, President Operates a tree farm
Mary Ann Buenzow, VIce President Milwaukee County Parks and Recreation
Ray Guries, Secretary Professor Emeritus, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison
Robin Ginner, Treasurer Executive Director, Trees for Tomorrow
Vicki Brzeski Retired special education teacher
Jean Davidson Executive Director, Davidson Yell and Tell Foundation, Inc.
Alan Kesner Wauwatosa City Attorney
Tim Lizotte Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources