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Baraboo, WI 53913
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The Woodland School

2015 Spring Classes

 

Sat., March 14th: Chainsaw Safety Level 1 - FULL

Sat., March 26-27th: Introduction to Prescribed Burning

Sat., May 9th: Backyard Ecology

Sat., September 26th: The Art of Nature

Sat., October 17th: Chainsaw Safety Level 1 - Women Only

Looking for a chainsaw safety class? Additional chainsaw safety courses are regularly offered through Samsel's Sawmill in Hancock, WI and the Kickapoo Woods Cooperative in Viroqua, WI. Please check their websites for upcoming 2015 chainsaw safety courses.

For more information about Woodland School courses or to be added to a waiting list, contact Jen Simoni at (608) 355-0279, x.32.

The Woodland School offers practical workshops to guide private landowners and public land managers in:

- Identifying the biotic community

- Understanding threats to your land

- Developing stewardship skills

- Refining your vision

 

Resources

Can't make it to a class? We also have numerous web resources to help you in managing your land. Please also consider ordering a My Healthy Woods Handbook to get you started!

 

Report your project! Have you been inspired to take action on your land from a Woodland School class? Tell us about it! Use this online form to let us know what you've tried, what's worked and what hasn't. We'd love to share your story with others to continue the learning process!

 

2015 Spring Classes

 

Chainsaw Safety Level 1

**This course is full. To be put on the waiting list, email Jen Simoni (jsimoni@aldoleopold.org)

 

Mastering the basics of chainsaw safety is essential for woodland owners who want to be more active on their land. This course is certified through the Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) training program and part of a four-level series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use. The hands-on training and close supervision gives participants the opportunity and confidence to fell at least one tree. Level I focuses on introducing the participant to open face felling, and the development of techniques to safely use it.  Topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw reactive forces, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell, and understanding hinge wood strength. Register

 

Date: Sat. March 14th, 2015
Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Class limit: 10
Cost: $110 ($100 members)
Instructor: Nathan Stanford. Nathan has 18 years of chainsaw training experience serving as a certified trainer through SAWW and being a “C” certifier for the US Forest Service.

 

Looking for a chainsaw safety class? Additional chainsaw safety courses are regularly offered through Samsel's Sawmill in Hancock, WI and the Kickapoo Woods Cooperative in Viroqua, WI. Please check their websites for upcoming 2015 chainsaw safety courses.

 

Introduction to Prescribed Burning


Learn about the fire ecology, fire behavior principles, and how to plan for using fire in managing prairie and savanna ecosystems. You will operate basic fire management tools, learn to prepare a fire unit, and weather permitting conduct a prescribed fire. This course will not prepare participants to serve as a burn boss or conduct burns on their own. Register

 

Date: Thurs. March 26th and Fri. March 27th, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo, Wis.
Class limit: 24
Cost: $100 ($90 members)
Instructors: Aldo Leopold Foundation Staff

 

Backyard Ecology


The concept of community is at the heart of Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic: The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.... In short, the land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land community to a plain member of it.”

 

The potency of this vision can be clearly seen in the conservation movement that emerged. Can the potency of this vision be realized at home? Can we become citizens of nature in the midst of human culture? Can native communities be nurtured in our neighborhoods, right outside our back doors?

 

We believe the answer is an emphatic “yes.” To explore and promote Leopold’s vision in our back yards, we are offering a workshop for designing, planting, and sustaining native biotic communities in residential landscapes.

Backyard Ecology will be a workshop in the truest sense; together we will create plant lists, designs for nature and humans, planting guidelines, and care programs for back yards in our region.  To support our creativity, we will explore ecological principles and applied biology in the surrounding woods and prairies. Nature will provide the palette, design, and inspiration for our work.

 

This workshop is intended for nature lovers and homeowners.  Join us in learning how to design and plant native communities in your back yard! Register


Date: Sat. May 9th, 2015
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo, Wis.
Class limit: 15
Cost: $65 ($55 members)
Instructors: Jack Phillips (New Tree School). Jack Phillips is a naturalist, nature writer, arboricultural consultant, and principal of New Tree School. He is author of Soul of a Tree: Conversations on the Nature of Tree Care with Alex Shigo and Bur Oak Manifesto: Seeking Nature and Planting Trees in the Great Plains. He is also a regular contributor to Prairie Fire Newspaper: the Progressive Voice of the Great Plains.

 

The Art of Nature


The art of seeing nature is a creative discipline. Nature, like art, is not only an outward reality but an inward process as well. Freeing the young naturalist inside each of us is an act of creativity. Artistic expression expands, sharpens, and deepens our perception of nature. In that creative vision, The Aldo Leopold Foundation and New Tree School are pleased to offer a workshop on the “Art of Nature,” a day of creative engagement in the studio and in the field. The day will include presentations by local artists and naturalists, hikes, and creative exercises. This workshop will be active, reflective, intensive, and engaging. Each student will have the opportunity for mentoring with each of our faculty and for reflective time in the winter wild. Enrollment will be limited to keep the group small. Join us for a day of exploring art, nature, seeing, and creativity! Register


Date: Sat. September 26th, 2015
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo, Wis.
Class limit: 15
Cost: $85 ( $75 members)

Instructors: Jack Phillips (New Tree School), Mark Hirsch (Photographer and Author of That Tree) and Janet Flynn (Local Baraboo Artist)


Jack Phillips is a naturalist, nature writer, arboricultural consultant, and principal of New Tree School. He is author of Soul of a Tree: Conversations on the Nature of Tree Care with Alex Shigo and Bur Oak Manifesto: Seeking Nature and Planting Trees in the Great Plains. He is also a regular contributor to Prairie Fire Newspaper: the Progressive Voice of the Great Plains.


Mark Hirsch is an editorial and corporate photographer who is located in the unlikely location of Dubuque, Iowa. Hirsch spent twenty years in the newspaper industry as a photojournalist, photo editor and visuals editor until ultimately embarking on a freelance career in 2006.


Janet Flynn is best known for her watercolor paintings of Sandhill and Whooping cranes. She has had numerous exhibitions of her work at The International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Through The International Crane Foundation and various conservation groups she uses her art to help protect the wild creatures of Wisconsin and their habitat.

 

Chainsaw Safety Level 1 - Women Only

 

Mastering the basics of chainsaw safety is essential for woodland owners who want to be more active on their land. This course is certified through the Safety and Woods Working (SAWW) training program and part of a four-level series designed to increase safety and efficiency of chainsaw use. The hands-on training and close supervision gives participants the opportunity and confidence to fell at least one tree. Level I focuses on introducing the participant to open face felling, and the development of techniques to safely use it.  Topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features, chainsaw reactive forces, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell, and understanding hinge wood strength. Please note this course is for women only. Register

 

Date: Sat. October 17th, 2015
Location: Leopold Center, Baraboo
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Class limit: 10
Cost: $110 ($100 members)
Instructor: Nathan Stanford. Nathan has 18 years of chainsaw training experience serving as a certified trainer through SAWW and being a “C” certifier for the US Forest Service.

 

Looking for a chainsaw safety class? Additional chainsaw safety courses are regularly offered through Samsel's Sawmill in Hancock, WI and the Kickapoo Woods Cooperative in Viroqua, WI. Please check their websites for upcoming 2015 chainsaw safety courses.