Hopkins Demonstration Forest hosted the second annual Tree School Field Day on Saturday, October 7th. Organized by our partners at OSU Extension, the Tree School Field Day brings together small woodland owners and experts in the field for a day of learning. Over 130 students registered for the Field Day, each of whom was able to plan their own unique day with a class schedule and map of learning opportunities throughout the forest. Twelve unique workshops covered topics such as forest health, protecting your home from wildfire, mature forest management, enhancing habitat for birds and pollinators, thinning your forest, and managing weeds.

Overall, the student feedback was incredibly positive, and Tree School Field Day will certainly be returning next fall. One student shared, “We had a wonderful experience. Truly, it was thrilling to hear such amazing expertise. The topics & the instructors are amazing. Welcoming to our questions and thoroughly enlightening in their answers & overall presentations. We enjoyed the way the classes moved around the property after the initial convening. Also, we loved seeing the Hopkins Demonstration Forest and the stewardship going on around the property.”

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