The Dean Makey School Forest is a designated Minnesota School Forest. The forest is used for school learning activities, nature observation, athletic activities, and outdoor recreation. Active forest management is being practiced. The trails are well-marked and maintained. A parking area is located across from the Southdale soccer fields. The Dean Makey School Forest is one of the most used school forests in the state. Visitors and the entire community are welcome and encouraged to use and enjoy this outdoor resource!
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Single track trails completed.
2+ miles of new singletrack trail have been cleared for hiking, biking, and snowshoeing. These narrower trails offer a more intimate forest experience and provide an option for foot traffic during the winter months when the wider trails are groomed for the Nordic Ski crowd.