Our School Forest
Made by Youssef Barsoum, Ella Chatfield, Evan Swanson, and Caitlin Deckard

Historian Summary

The school forest has come a long way to get where it is today. The school forest was just a large plot of land with small houses along the land. It all started off with deforestation and agriculture. A school forest project in Australia inspired a man to start our very own school forest program in Wisconsin. This officially started in 1928. In the 40's, the forest was nothing but a large field by where 116th St. would be built later. And our forest remained a field for decades. Around 1968, it was still a field with a growing city around it. The land of the school forest was owned by a man. The school bought the land, which was about $20,000, from a man and then the school forest was called the Nature Pod until 2013. As the years pass invasive species of trees started to grow. These trees grew and grew to be the forest we know. Now we're trying to get rid of invasive species of plants to grow more native plants in the area.

Forester Summary


Perimeter=1,090. Area=35,700. Side 1:420. Side 2:500. Side 3:17. Outside in the Forest there are lots of trees, dead trees, wild flowers, and wildlife animals. The trees that are dying are sticks that are laying on the ground and people are stepping on them and that's dangerous.

The PH test was 7.0. The Nitrogen test was 3.0. The Phosphorous test: Sufficient. The Potash test: Adecvate.

Ecologist Summary


I went to the Wehr Nature Center and learned many things about natural habitats. I got a chance to take a look at prairies, and more! Most of all, I loved the prairie. I learned that many prairies have many birds, and have very black, rough leaves that I did not get a chance to learn more about.

There many prickly needle type leaves, very tight spaces, and lots more. There were not any animals to look at except for insects. We also saw some puffballs and mushrooms. Some mushrooms and puffballs are edible when they are all white. You can fry it, then eat it. Overall, the Wehr Nature Center was very useful in my research.

There many prickly needle type leaves, very tight spaces, and lots more. There were not any animals to look at except for insects. We also saw some puffballs and mushrooms. Some mushrooms and puffballs are edible when they are all white. You can fry it, then eat it. Overall, the Wehr Nature Center was very useful in my research.

Naturalist Summary


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