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SACRAMENTO FWO: Taylor Street Sees New Life in Their Schoolyard!

Region 8, May 22, 2012
Biologist Valary Bloom helps a student prepare to plant.
Biologist Valary Bloom helps a student prepare to plant. - Photo Credit: n/a
SCEP student Maria Rabot-Taggart teachers students about the sticky monkey flower they are about to plant.
SCEP student Maria Rabot-Taggart teachers students about the sticky monkey flower they are about to plant. - Photo Credit: n/a

By Karleen Vollherbst, Schoolyard Habitat Program

Smiles were as bright as the sun on May 22  when Taylor Street School planted their Schoolyard Habitat. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff helped approximately 150 third and fourth grade students plant 200 native plants in their schoolyard. Before getting their hands dirty, students were given a lesson on habitats and why native plants are important for wildlife. They then planted trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses to create habitat for birds, butterflies, bees and beetles. Students were thrilled to see a butterfly, several different beetles and worms throughout the day.


The project began almost two years ago when three teachers from Taylor Street School attended the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office’s Summer Restoration Institute. After the Institute came careful planning, solicitation of donations, teacher and family work days and finally the planting day.

By the end of the day, the habitat was abuzz with not only wildlife, but excited staff. Teachers discussed the various uses of the site, from studies regarding California native plants, to students creating native plant sketch books. The principal was thrilled with the planting and was excited to have a place where students can really engage in learning.

It was another successful day of planting and more students excited to see habitat restoration come to life.

Contact Info: Karleen Vollherbst, 916-478-9247, karleen_vollherbst@fws.gov