Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office
Northeast Region
 

Schoolyard Habitat Program

Purpose

Does your school have an underutilized area that you would like to see restored for wildlife habitat and a place for students to learn about the natural world?  Would you like to create an outdoor classroom on your school grounds or a trail or boardwalk to explore a nearby wetland, forest or pond?  Would you like to engage your students in a hands-on project?
We can help!  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can assist you in designing and implementing a schoolyard habitat/outdoor classroom with your school and may be able to provide funding to make the project happen.

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Students planting a native shrub nursery

Mission

The mission of the Schoolyard Habitat Program is to get students outside to experience nature. To accomplish this mission, USFWS biologists help schools create natural spaces on school grounds where students can observe, draw, write, think, and question. Ecologically sound Schoolyard Habitat projects provide habitat for local and migratory wildlife, including songbirds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. In many cases, these habitats also provide a vegetative buffer to nearby streams, lakes and wetlands, reducing pollution reaching these waterways.

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Students receive an ecology lesson from a USFWS biologist and plant a riparian buffer on their school’s property

Activities

Biologists from the Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office have partnered with several Vermont schools to implement successful Schoolyard Habitat projects. Projects have included: creating a native shrub nursery, installing wood duck boxes, invasive plant removal, riparian buffer plantings, and hands-on ecology lessons. With long-term care from students and teachers, these projects provide students with a powerful example of land conservation and stewardship.

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USFWS biologists teach students about stream sampling methods and fish identification

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about Vermont’s Schoolyard Habitat Program, contact Ryan Crehan (802-872-0629 ext 24) or Katie Kain (802-872-0629 ext 30).

Information

To dowload a copy of the Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide click here

For more information on this national program, click here

 

Last updated: August 27, 2014
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