The Lone Oak

Examining Pine Cones & Needles after a Forest Walk behind a school in Wisconsin.

Educational Services

Explaining environmental stewardship to children, and even adults, can be a challenging task. It is helpful to explain the role of a steward is like that of being a caretaker or friend. The first step in learning to be stewards of the environment is to learn to love the nature that surrounds your home. Teaching children and community members about the awe-inspiring nature that can be found right in our back yards, school yards, or neighborhoods is the right place to start.

In the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, we are fortunate to have several kinds of ecosystems close to home, and accessible to the public. These ecosystems range from marshy wetlands to thick forests, and wide open, sun-filled prairies to stately bluffs that afford great views of the surrounding Mississippi River Valley and farmlands. There is so much to learn and come to appreciate in the nature that surrounds us. It is time to re-introduce our children to nature and how awesome it is!

In-School Presentations

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!


Holmen, Wisconsin

Common Milkweed in Carol’s Yard. © 2018

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