Educating the general public, forest landowners and timber users in the appreciation of trees and good forest management practices and the importance of viable, sustainable working forest lands.
The Indiana Forestry Educational Foundation, Inc., (IFEF) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation that formed in 1983 for the purpose of receiving contributions to help meet the challenges of the future through funding of forestry educational programs, educational scholarships in forest management, and promoting responsible stewardship of our timberlands.
IFEF is managed by a Board of Trustees who is elected by the Board of Directors of IFWOA and an Executive Director.
When you join IFWOA, $5 of your dues is donated to IFEF. Additional donations are always appreciated. All donations to IFEF are tax deductible as a charitable donation. Other opportunities for giving are general gifts, designated gifts, installment gifts, and bequests. Send IFEF donations to the address below.
Donate online or mail your donation to:
IFEF, 1007 North 725 West, West Lafayette, IN 47906. Call 765-583-3501 if you have questions about the donation process. We thank you for your support of Indiana forestry!
Announcing IFEF Educational Grants
These are competitive grant funds to help educate and inform the public about forests and forest management, with an emphasis on young forests. Applications are due in early October and awards are announced in December.
Review the announcement or apply for a grant (link to online form)
PDF of application questions
Past funded projects:
Early Successional Habitat Sign Project, Ruffed Grouse Society & Tri-State Timber
Revitalization Project, Fall Creek Intermediate School
Invasive Species E & O Project, Dubois County SWCD
Nature Daze field program, Brown County Native Woodlands Project
Forest Stand Improvement Publication Reprint, Purdue University
Forest Management Wildlife Short Course, Purdue University
Citizen Science in a Wildlife Corridor Skiles Test School of STEM
Indiana Young Forest Educational Video, Indiana Chapter Ruffed Grouse Society
Forest Regeneration Field Days, Purdue University
Early Successional Forest Management video, Hoosier National Forest
Invasive Species playing cards, Dubois County SWCD
From Field to Thicket; Creating Essential Wildlife Habitat, Clay High School
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning internationally recognized environmental education program that provides ready-made lessons and activities for educators. PLT uses the forest as a “window to the world,” helping young people gain an awareness and knowledge of the world around them and their place within it. (Source: IN-DNR)
Learn more about the nationwide Project Learning Tree program.