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Maryland’s Governor O’Malley Tours “Sustainable Community” School

Region 5, October 31, 2013
Dunloggin Middle School Students Planting Buffer Near Stream
Dunloggin Middle School Students Planting Buffer Near Stream - Photo Credit: n/a

School in Howard County, Maryland. He touted the school as a model of sustainability for the surrounding communities. Dunloggin was certified as a Maryland Green School in 2008 and re-certified in 2011. It is one of six U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbons School in Maryland.

 

In 2008, heads of the science and gifted and talented programs at Dunloggin Middle School attended a Schoolyard Habitat Workshop conducted by Karen Kelly-Mullin, Chesapeake Bay Field Office. Initially, the school planned to plant a small native garden out, but after learning about watersheds and habitat, they decided to do more, a lot more.

With help from the Chesapeake Bay Field Office and Natural Resources Conservation Service, the school constructed a ½ mile nature trail, and created a riparian wetland to help reduce the runoff from the school to a nearby stream. The school received funding for their schoolyard habitat projects through a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant.

For more information about schoolyard habitats contact:
Karen Kelly-Mullin
410/271-2481
karen.willowoak@gmail.com

Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov