The Madison School Forest
The Madison School Forest, also known as the Jackson School Forest after "Bud" Jackson, encompasses 307 acres in the hilly terrain southwest of Verona in Wisconsin's unglaciated Driftless Area. The forest includes the Olson Oak Wood State Natural Area, a prime example of a Wisconsin southern dry forest with remnants of pre-settlement days. Other ecosystem examples included in the Madison School Forest are the Jerome Jones Pine Plantation planted by Madison School District staff and students and an open field area. 75 acres of old farmland was purchased by the Friends of the School Forest in 2001. Over 40 species of birds live and nest in the School Forest, with many more migratory birds that can be observed seasonally. A rustic camping area features a kitchen, nature center, shelter, four sleeping cabins, and restrooms with access for people with physical handicaps.
As a special place of natural biological diversity, the Madison School Forest offers a unique site for MMSD students to experience and learn environmental education. The Madison Metropolitan School District is proud to be a steward of such a remarkable resource -- we welcome you to come, learn, and enjoy!