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 50 acre gem a model of sustainable forestry and educational outreach.
Sites 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
Nathan Berken Director of Government Relations, Medical College of Wisconsin
Mary Ann Buenzow Southwest District Forestry Leader, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Thomas Chapman Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Fred Clark Former State Legislator and Executive Director, The Forest Guild
Jean Davidson Executive Director, Davidson Yell and Tell Foundation, Inc.
Bill Drew Former Executive Director, Milwaukee County Research Park
Tom Gaertner Financial Advisor, Robert W. Baird & Co. and tree farm owner
Ray Guries Professor Emeritus, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison
Alan Kesner Wauwatosa City Attorney
Tom Luljak Vice Chancellor, UW-Milwaukee
Ramsey Radakovich Milwaukee County Parks and Recreation
Jim Reinartz University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Field Station