Sheldon Nature Area (School Forest)

Tucked behind Oakwood Elementary School, Sheldon Nature Area, offers endless learning opportunities for students and the public. Encompassing 26-acres, the Sheldon Nature Area is located at 1225 N Oakwood Road in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. At least eight native Wisconsin ecosystems exist or are under development in the area including prairie, wetland, wet-mesic forest, old field, evergreen forest, oak savanna, pond, and stream.

History and Progress

In 1991 the area was donated to the District, and with the help of a lot of hardworking volunteers and a grant from the EPA, the area was cleaned up and redesigned. Since then, numerous improvements and investments have been made to the area including planting native plants, creating two miles of gravel trails and bridges, constructing a floating classroom in the pond, and constructing an outdoor classroom and pavilion. In August 2022, the OASD school board designated the Sheldon Nature Area as a school forest. School forests present teachers and students with numerous opportunities to learn in the outdoors. As a designated school forest, the area will benefit from Department of Natural Resources (DNR) support, including curriculum resources, land management assistance and more. In the 2023-2024 school year, the nature area came under the umbrella of the Oshkosh Recreation Department (a department of the Oshkosh Area School District) to continue its legacy as an invaluable community green space for recreation and educational opportunities.


The OASD and Sheldon Nature Area Committee (SNAC) volunteers are committed to preserving and enhancing the Sheldon Nature Area. Check out the latest news and updates below!

Latest Updates and Resources

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