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New Schoolyard Habitat Guide Now Available
Northeast Region, April 4, 2011
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Habitat area and bench, USFWS
Habitat area and bench, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Schoolyard Habitat sign, USFWS
Schoolyard Habitat sign, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Created wetland on schoolyard, USFWS
Created wetland on schoolyard, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Schoolyard Habitat Program is proud to announce the availability of the brand new Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide. This updated guide is based on the Service's first Schoolyard Habitat Guide developed by the Chesapeake Bay Field Office.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Schoolyard Habitat Program promotes naturalized habitat areas created by students, for students. It is ecologically sound, integrated into the curriculum and designed to encourage long-term natural resource conservation and stewardship. Typical projects created through this program include: wetlands, meadows, woodlands and variations among them based on specific ecoregions. Many projects are planned through multiple phases and become more dynamic over time as children from various classes build upon the existing work of past students.


The new Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide provides a roadmap for transforming school grounds into a destination that will engage the entire school community in habitat restoration. This simple guide will take educators and students through each step of the process: planning, installing and sustaining a project. This is not a book about why schoolyard projects are important; but a guide on how to make the best one suited for your site.


The new Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide was a coordinated effort between the Pacific Southwest Regional Office, Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, Tulsa Ecological Services Field Office, Clear Lake Ecological Services Field Office, Chesapeake Bay Field Office, and the National Conservation Training Center.


To download a copy of the guide, go to: http://www.fws.gov/chesapeakebay/schoolyd.html

To request a hard copy, please email your request to R8SchoolYardHabitat@fws.gov


For more information contact:

Karen Kelly-Mullin

410/573-4549 or 410/271-2481


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