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Schoolyard Habitat Program: Reconnecting Children with the Outdoors
Northeast Region, May 23, 2007
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Under the leadership of Chesapeake Bay Field Office, students at the Arthur Middleton Elementary School in Charles County, MD transformed an unused part of their schoolyard into an outdoor classroom. More than 600 students planted over 13,000 Maryland native plants, creating a wetland that will also be used as a teaching area. Students from several middle schools helped with the planting too.


The wetland classroom will provide teachers with a site to teach about the environment while providing habitat for wildlife. Students can conduct experiments, create art or write essays at the wetland. The wetland project is also part of the County's effort to reduce pollutants that runoff from impervious surfaces into local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. The Arthur Middleton project is just one of three community wetland project to be completed this year through a grant by the Chesapeake Bay Trust to Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center and Charles County Public Schools.


A reporter from the Maryland Independent visited the planting.  The article, Middleton Students Build a Wetland, can be viewed online at http://somdnews.com/stories/052507/indytop183706_32130.shtml.


The Schoolyard Habitat Program helps teachers and students create wildlife habitat on school grounds. For more information about the program contact, Carolyn Kolstad at 410/573-4545 or carolyn_kolstad@fws.gov.

Contact Info: Jennifer Lapis, (413) 253-8303, jennifer_lapis@fws.gov
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