A Great Place to Learn:
Interested in integrating the Park into your classroom or educational program? Contact FPF Education Coordinator Jean Turney
Forest Park Forever’s educational programs reach more than 700 teachers annually resulting in over 70,000 students connected to Forest Park over the past 15 years.
In 2016, Forest Park Education and Community Outreach Programs served approximately 8,650 children, teachers and community members from throughout the St. Louis region. A total of 6,940 students benefited from school-sponsored programs, 756 teachers benefited from professional development and one-on-one mentoring,
Forest Park Summer Youth Experience
This program provides St. Louis area teachers and teachers-in-training hands-on experience serving as the program instructors. Teachers receive two weeks of place-based, experiential training and then put their skills to work to provide an in-depth, experiential day camp experience in Forest Park for approximately children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.
Click here to watch of video from 2013's Summer Youth Experience.
Place-based Nature Mentoring
The Educational Coordinator is available to provide individual mentoring to teachers as they develop and implement outdoor experiential learning activities for their students.
Staff Development Workshops
Forest Park Forever partners with St. Louis area schools, scout groups and community organizations to provide environmental education opportunities. The Education Coordinator is available to provide training on a variety of topics; for example, tree identification, macro-invertebrates, pollinators, forestry, turtles, movement ecology, public art and sculptures, and sustainability.
Professional development programs may be uniquely designed for your school upon request.
FPF provides workshops and certifications in Project Learning Tree, Project Wet, Flying Wild and Interpretation.
Projects include planting native plants, removal of invasive species, trash clean-up and recycling efforts.
Forest Park Educational Collaborative
Forest Park Forever has a rich history of collaborating with Forest Park’s partner institutions and community organizations to enhance the quality and accessibility of educational programs for St. Louis area children of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Forest Park Forever convened the Forest Park Educational Collaborative to work with the Park’s cultural institutions, major educational institutions and other groups affiliated with Forest Park to share resources and collaborate on educational projects.