News Bulletin Contact: Valerie Fellows
703/358 2285 Valerie_fellows@fws.gov
Schoolyard Habitat Guide Now Available
Teachers and Educators – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Schoolyard Habitat Program is proud to announce the availability of the brand new Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide.
This is your roadmap for transforming your school grounds into a destination that will engage the entire school community in habitat restoration. Once you use this how-to guide, your school community will connect to the natural world, not by sitting inside and looking out, but instead by being outside and looking deeper.
This simple guide will take you and your students through each step of the process: planning, installing and sustaining a project. This is not a book about why schoolyard projects are important; but a guide on how to make the best one suited for your site.
The guide is available in a downloadable format online at http://www.fws.gov/cno/conservation/schoolyard.cfm . To request a hard copy, please email your request to R8SchoolYardHabitat@fws.gov
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Schoolyard Habitat project promotes naturalized habitat areas created by students, for students. It is ecologically sound, integrated into the curriculum and designed to encourage long-term natural resource conservation and stewardship. Typical projects created through this program include: wetlands, meadows, woodlands and variations among them based on specific ecoregions. Many projects are planned through multiple phases and become more dynamic over time as children from various classes build upon the existing work of past students.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
Download the guide