School Forest

The Sparta School Forest provides education and recreational opportunities for all students, as well as the surrounding community. Community involvement is an essential component in helping students to understand this diverse ecosystem. Tying curricular content areas together through outdoor environmental education increases students’ achievement while creating environmentally literate students.

School ForestTeaching ecological global awareness is a major component of instruction at all grade levels within the Sparta Area School District. Our 80-acre school forest provides students the opportunity to understand local ecosystems and create lasting connections with their environment.

The Aldo Leopold “shack” at the Sparta School Forest is an almost exact replica of the one that the famous environmentalist Aldo Leopold built for his family near the Wisconsin River at Baraboo, Wis. The facility is a wonderful four seasons learning station for students and community groups to use through check-in at the district business office.

For information on the Sparta School Forest, contact Joe Cook at