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!

Come visit the school forest and learn more about the world around you. Take part in an interactive tour using your mobile device. Take a walk and get educated!

Learn more about our beautiful school. See what we have to offer at Forestview Middle School.

I grew up in Golden Valley, a suburb of Minneapolis. Our neighborhood was somewhat undeveloped back then.

Management Plans and annual reports

The Dean Makey School Forest has gone through many changes over the years. You can learn more about its history here.

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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.

Locate over 610 geocaches around Brainerd!

Forestview grounds and school forest critter list

Check out our list of animal sightings. Email Chris or Robin if you spot something we can add!

Those Involved

5th Grade Science

7th Grade Science

Dalen Hodge

8th Grade Science

Dean Makey

Retired DNR Forester

Latest News

The Summer Solstice of 2021 is official! Last year's event saw over 50 socially distanced runners and walkers cover 1000+ miles on the Forestview 5km loop. Many distance PR's and "virtual" Grandma's Marathon and half marathon distances were achieved. Thanks to all who helped and participated. Join us June 19th, 2021 for a short loop or two or move all day (15 hours and 48 minutes) of sunlit running and walking our great trail system!

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.

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Another super Eagle Scout project: an informational kiosk and bench for the public entrance to the school forest trail system. Fall, 2019

ISD 181 Contact Info

Forestview Middle School

12149 Knollwood Dr.

Baxter, MN 56425


Independent School District 181

804 Oak Street

Brainerd, MN 56401