Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom
Welcome to the home of the Como Woodland Advisory Committee, an all-volunteer,
community based group. Como Woodland Advisors originally conceived
of and currently guide the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom
(CWOC) project. The CWOC project is collaboration between
community volunteers, local schools, and City of St. Paul
Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom project
site is a 17.75-acre woodland located in the Southwest area
of Como Regional Park (between Como and Horton Avenues just
east of Hamline Avenue) in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Restoration of the woodland site and the historic
features found within its boundaries will allow the creation
of the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC). This classroom
will provide environmental education and historical interpretation
for school children and adults, habitat for native wildlife,
and an urban woodland oasis for the inner-city community where
local place-based, hands-on environmental learning opportunities
are rare. And the CWOC site will provide recreational and
educational opportunities to local residents and the many
annual visitors to greater Como Regional Park.
Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom Reservations
To ensure a positive experience for all teachers and students
using the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom, Saint Paul Parks
and Recreation will be issuing free usage permits. These
FREE permits will help to track numbers and activities
for grant reporting and maintain an appropriate level of use
for the environmental health and sustainability of the outdoor
The Outdoor Classroom will be permitted in two blocks 8am
- 12pm and 12pm - 4pm.
Permits will be given out for up to 4 classes or 120 students
during each block.
If you wish to use the classroom for an entire day please
reserve both blocks of time.
Call Parks Permits Office: 651-632-5111
Check for open dates and times
*Saint Paul Parks and Recreation reserves the right to restrict
access for restoration or other park maintenance.
More information available on the Event
Advisory Committee Monthly Meeting
Contact Advisory Committee chair for Advisory Committee meeting
location and dates.
Visit Contact page for more information.
School Forest status for the Como Woodland Outdoor
Classroom is now a reality. Many thanks to the efforts
of Como Woodland Advisors like Teri Heyer and Kelley Dinsmore,
as well as Crossroads School and DNR School Forest staff for
achieving this essential project goal. Read the details in
this August 2012 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Como Woodland Honored at the 22nd Annual Saint Paul Heritage
Read the full story in Project
Background > Stories
Feb. 11, 2011
Saint Paul's Como Park Receives $218,000
Restoration work will clean-up and bring environmental education
to urban outdoor classroom.
See full story on the Project
Background > Stories page
Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation
City of St. Paul
Minnesota Native Plant Society
St. Paul Audubon Society
City of St. Paul Park and Recreation Department - EcoPartners
District 10 Community Council - Environment Committee
Ramsey Conservation District
Como Woodland Advisory Committee
Como Park Senior High School
Minnesota Ornithological Union
University of Minnesota - Metropolitan Design Center, Ecology