Connecting Children with Nature
USFWS Biologist Rich Mason helps a student plant a schoolyard wetland. USFWS photo
USFWS biologist Rich Mason

Under the leadership of Chesapeake Bay Field Office, 650 Charles County, Maryland students at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School planted over 15,000 water-loving plants to create a wetland at their school. The once 5-acre black top and trash area is already becoming home to birds, frogs and other aquatic wildlife.

The wetland, part of an outdoor classroom complete with a walking trail and water testing area, not only provides homes for wildlife but will help preserve local streams and the Chesapeake Bay by filtering water that runs off impervious surfaces around the school.

The project is just one of three community wetland projects completed this year through a grant by the Chesapeake Bay Trust to Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center and Charles County Public Schools.

The Chesapeake Bay Field Office’s Schoolyard Habitat Program provides a combination of biological expertise, onsite technical and design assistance and hands-on training for students and teachers.

For more information, contact:
Carolyn Kolstad
Chesapeake Bay Field Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
177 Admiral Cochrane Drive
Annapolis MD 21401
410.573.4545
carolyn_kolstad@fws.gov

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