Understanding and honoring nature
Kickapoo Valley Forest School engages children with nature
Residents of the verdant Kickapoo Valley—part of the Driftless Region, untouched by glaciers—wanted their children to understand and appreciate the natural beauty and resources of the woods and streams around them. They wanted regular outings for youngsters in the environment surrounding them in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, an 8,600-acre conservation area that offers a wealth of nature to explore. The primarily rural region in southwest Wisconsin also faces socioeconomic challenges and few options for child care.
A charter school is formed, focused on the outdoors
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve has been a champion of education programs, with hands-on environmental programs and activities for people of all ages, throughout the year, with the hope of creating future stewards of the land. As the community called for more opportunities for young children to participate, plans took shape to create a charter school focused on the outdoors as a tool for education.