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Middle School Students Take Charge of Creating Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat
Northeast Region, May 10, 2011
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Annapolis Middle School prior to planting, Janet Norman, USFWS
Annapolis Middle School prior to planting, Janet Norman, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Annapolis Middle School girls digging in, Janet Norman USFWS
Annapolis Middle School girls digging in, Janet Norman USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Annapolis Middle School students planting, Janet Norman, USFWS
Annapolis Middle School students planting, Janet Norman, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Raingarden/pollinator garden set to grow, Janet Norman, USFWS
Raingarden/pollinator garden set to grow, Janet Norman, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

Annapolis Middle School's 7th grade science students are really digging their new curriculum. Under the lead of their science teacher and Chesapeake Bay Field Office biologist Janet Norman, the 160 students transformed a bleak interior courtyard into a raingarden and pollinator garden, as the first step in the development of a living classroom. In a flurry of activity, they planted, watered, and mulched over 65 native herbaceous plants and shrubs, and 6 trees.

 

Prior to the planting, students learned about native Maryland plants and pollinators, soil, watershed drainage, and sustainability. In the weeks prior to planting, the students came to understand how their project would create a natural filtration system for protecting the Chesapeake Bay.

 

Ms. Norman helped the school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) write the grant applications for plant funds, and provided technical expertise on raingarden design, plant selection for pollinators, and taught students how to plant.  This urban public school in Annapolis, Maryland serves a heterogeneous population of African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian students with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program.

 

The goal of the IB program is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who strive to improve their world through intercultural understanding and respect.  The students are proud of the creation of an ecologically healthy space that can be used for outdoor learning.

 

For more information contact:

Janet Norman

410/573/4533

janet_norman@fws.gov


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



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