The Lone Oak

Environmental Education in Wisconsin

The Lone Oak’s Story:

 A single oak tree can support hundreds of pollinators and have a large impact on the environment. I believe my work as an environmental educator is akin to that of the lone oak tree. Working alone, and many times, behind the scenes with schools and community groups across the state of Wisconsin, my aim is to educate on the environment with an emphasis on conservation and individual involvement through guided experiences. I know that one person can make a difference for the environment, just as one tree can! Let that one person be you!

Let the The Lone Oak Help You to Plant Seeds of Stewardship

This website offers a way educators and community groups in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin can obtain environmental education services for their respective populace. It is a place to connect to resources, schedule a presentation or activity, and learn more about our local environment, as well as find out what can be done to conserve the beautiful nature that surrounds and nourishes us all.

Available Services

In-School Presentations

Carol, the Environmental Educator at The Lone Oak, is able to visit individual classrooms or grade levels, or participate in building-wide Environmental Day celebrations and present on a variety of topics. Using a passionate and engaging style, children of all ages can connect with the topic of your choosing – whether it be forests, monarchs, prairies, plant adaptations, conservation or citizen science. Carol has over 15 years experience in working with school aged children both in the classroom and after-school settings. She can also present to teachers or parent groups (PTA/PTO) on school based gardens, gardening with children, and the interdisciplinary learning methods commonly found in environmental education.

Community Group Presentations

4H groups, Garden Clubs, Church Groups, and Service Organizations such as the Lions Club and others are also welcome to host presentations by Carol from The Lone Oak. Environmental topics of interest chosen in advance by the group are usually presented before or after a group meeting. Past topics have included; Monarchs, Milkweed and the Monarch Highway, Butterfly Gardening, Raising Monarchs, Gardening with Kids, Monarch Tagging, and Citizen Science. Presentation length varies but is usually between 20 and 45 minutes, depending on the topic. Contact Carol for more information, affordable fee schedules, availability, and scheduling a presentation. Contact information is found at the bottom of this page or by clicking Contact in the navigation bar at the top of page. You can also use the easy registration form included on this webpage to submit your request! Thank you!

Life Long Learning

Carol believes in planting the seeds of curiosity, wonder, and love for the natural world in our children. She does this by bringing years of experience, education, and passion to her presentations and activities your students and/or groups receive. This helps to equip you and your children or group with the skills and knowledge to become environmental stewards and conservationists! By instilling a love of nature, you and your children (or students) will be inspired to care for the world in which you find yourselves, a world made better by your stewardship.

Recent Testimonials & Impact

“Thanks again for speaking to our club.  Just wanted to give you feedback.   When I got home, my 16 year old went on and on to her Dad relaying things you had said.  And then, on Monday, she again reflected on how she thought it was a good presentation for our club.    Cheers to you for the seeds you may have planted in the youth.”

November 2019: Nifty Neighbors 4H Club, Vernon County, Wisconsin

“Thank you so much for speaking on Monarch Butterflies and for sharing your knowledge and experiences that motivated you to delve into the life cycle of Monarchs. You have a very personable style of presenting. I can see how you’d be great with kids!”

October 2019: From K.N. @  Tilling Thyme Garden Club, Sparta, Wisconsin

learning and growing together

The Lone Oak’s Experience in Environmental Education

One Goal

The main goal of The Lone Oak is to educate and empower our youth to love and care for Mother Earth.

Planting Milkweed at Prairie View Elementary School, Holmen Wisconsin, 2016.
Carol’s been tagging Monarchs for five years!
Examining the forest floor. © 2015.

Years of Service

In 2004, Carol founded Evergreen Garden Club an after school group that taught children about our local environment by using their school grounds. Meeting monthly, during each school year, Carol serviced over 500 youth in grades 2-5 until the group ended in 2017. Some of her former students have gone on to make positive impacts on the environment. From 2017-2019, Carol founded and led a similar garden club at North Woods International School in La Crosse, Wisconsin. And, in 2019, Carol served at the Outreach and Education Program Manager at Mississippi Valley Conservancy, a local land trust.

Fun & Learning

  • Forcing Bulbs
  • Vermi-composting
  • Holiday Plants
  • Decomposers
  • Prairie Plant Roots
  • Monarch Migration Game
  • Popcorn
  • Plant Lore and Legend
  • Monarch Tagging
  • Monarch Life Cycle
  • Raising Monarchs
  • The Forest is our Friend
  • How to report as a Citizen Scientist
  • Prairie Plant Walks
  • Grassland Walks
  • Forest Bathing
  • What’s in a seed?
  • Seed Starting
  • Butterfly Gardening
Monarch Larva on Rose Milkweed. © 2018.
Learning about corn! © 2014

Scheduling with The Lone Oak

Carol is currently scheduling for the months of May and June. Once you submit your message, including the topic of interest, type of group, and desired date(s), Carol will return your email within 1-2 business days. Thank you for your interest.

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Environmental Day at West Salem Elementary School

About Us

The Lone Oak is a new endeavor of Environmental Educator, Carol Labuzzetta.

Carol has 15 years of experience in working with school and community groups. She has developed and taught lessons on places, species, & habitat found in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, where she has lived for 20 years.

She is in possession of a Master’s degree in both Environmental Education (2018) and Child Health (1990).

Current Presentation Topics

  • Monarch Life Cycle
  • Monarchs & Milkweed
  • Forest Stewardship
  • Citizen Science
  • Gardening for Pollinators
  • Prairies & Plant Adaptations
  • Our changing eco-systems
  • Nature Writing: Haiku
  • More to come!
  • Inquire about topics that interest you!

Address

Holmen, Wisconsin

Common Milkweed in Carol’s Yard. © 2018