Virginia’s LEAF Program is creating a series of outdoor classrooms to help inform Virginians about forestry and natural resources management. Each classroom offers a unique historical setting where various informational programs can be offered for youth and adults. A permanent inventory system at each site will help track the benefits of sustainable forestry and interpretive curriculum will help combine historical and technical education.
LEAF is making positive strides via a VCE/VDOF partnership that engages private and public entities to develop strategies that attract new audiences. To date efforts include establishing heritage-based outdoor classrooms and online education. LEAF has received support from the Virginia Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee, Ballyshannon Fund, Fred W. Scott, Jr., NRCS EQIP program, Powell River Project, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, VDOF, VCE, Shenandoah RC&D Council, the Virginia Division and Skyline Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Old Rag and Central Rappahannock Master Naturalists, and the Montpelier Foundation.
Virginia LEAF Program website.