Erica Szlosek 916/978-6159
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is offering a first-ever national-level course on "Schoolyard Habitats" being taught this week in Folsom, Calif. by the Service's National Conservation Training Center staff.
This course will train Service employees to become technical consultants who will then be able to help schools design their own projects, develop curriculum, and assist with the construction of the habitat area itself. The class is a mix of classroom training and site work. The 16 participants will work with the Orangevale Open School in Fair Oaks to plan a habitat area on their campus.
Although new to California, the program has been very successful in the Chesapeake Bay. The Service has created this course to allow more schools to have the opportunity to participate in the program.
Research has shown that students who experience and learn about nature are healthier; physically and emotionally. Creating a Schoolyard Habitat enables students to experience the natural world in their own schoolyard.
If you are interested in learning more about the Service?s Schoolyard Habitat Program in California, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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