Curricula, Guides & Manuals


Guides & Manuals



A Year in the Forestyouth studying a tree

(From Youth Grow Local's Nature Study program.)

A Year in the Forest is a place-based, year-round curriculum specially designed for the sugar maple woodland at Troy Gardens. The curriculum includes four units—each corresponding with a season of the year—as well as appendices of helpful resources for teachers. To develop A Year in the Forest, we recruited a wonderful curriculum development team composed of EE professionals, University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate and undergraduate students, and a recent high school graduate who had participated in a variety of educational programs at Troy Gardens during his youth.

A Year in the Forest may be downloaded below by section.


Guides and Manuals


  • The Sol Levin Memorial Trail (new in 2012).  Download the beautiful and informative trail brochure or pick one up at the kiosk on the left side of the driveway into the co-housing.  If you download it to take a "virtual" tour, please start at #1 (on page 2).

Natural Areas


Community Gardens 

  • From the Ground Up, a guide to basic vegetable, flower, and herb gardening for new gardeners