Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota

Want to have class outside?

So do we. We'll take you beyond the classroom and into the forest for learning experiences that you'll never forget.

Let's Go Get our Hands Dirty

Upcoming Events

Blackwaters Film and Discussion
Saturday, May 18, 6 - 9 p.m.

Join us at the Bell Museum for a screening of the documentary film Blackwaters: Brotherhood in the Wild and a chance to meet the cast. The University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources, in partnership with the Bell Museum, Minneapolis Parks Foundation, and Melanin in Motion, is pleased to present this event. It is free with registration and open to the public. 


Two UMN students selected as 2024 SAF Student Diversity Scholars!
May 9, 2024

Recent alumna Lauren Thompson (Forest and Natural Resource Management major, 2024) and undergraduate Emma Ihlenfeld (Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management and Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology majors, 2025) were selected to join the SAF Student Diversity Scholar program! This competitive program, which only accepts 20 students across the nation every year, "aims to empower students from underrepresented groups in forestry and natural resources to help them navigate, grow, and thrive in the profession," describes SAF. Members of this elite cohort are paired with mentors who align with their career goals; develop leadership and networking skills; cultivate community; and also earn SAF membership for the year. 

"This ancient tree is one of the oldest in Minnesota. The warming climate might kill it.""
May 7, 2024

In a new article, the Star Tribune dives into the meaning and history of the Boundary Water's Legacy Tree, a "northern white cedar said to be over a thousand years old," writes reporter Jake Steinberg. As one of the oldest trees in the state, it's "a bridge to Minnesota's past." In the article, Center for Forest Ecology Director Lee Frelich provides information about why legacy trees are so valuable and why our warming climate will likely shorten their life spans.

Mickki Garrity Wins Best Written Story by a Non-Media Student
April 20, 2024

Natural Resources Science and Management (NRSM) graduate student Mickki Garrity won a prestigious award from Planet Forward for her piece "Making Home: A story of beaver and babies." Eight students across the US were awarded for their work in environmental storytelling and their excellence in communication across a variety of mediums for Planet Forward's 2024 Storyfest competition. Garrity received recognition for the Best Written Story by a Non-Media Student.