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Outreach and Education
- Connecting People with Nature -

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and this office, are committed to creating opportunities for people to become involved with the natural world, encouraging a personal stake in the care of our natural resources.  


Between 2005 and 2007 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began formalizing a program area devoted to connecting the public and children with nature. Today the Connecting People with Nature Program strives to engage people of all ages in helping to conserve their public lands and resources. The Schoolyard Habitat Program seeks to bring students, teachers, and the public closer to nature by building wildlife habitat at schools and other public places.


Watch this Monarch Power Point!
Monarchs & Milkweed (2441kb-pdf)

Monarch Waystation
monarchcaterpillar monarch lifecycle
Connecting People with Nature
  • Avian Embryology - Children hatch chicken eggs in the classroom and learn about avian embryology, lifecycles, wild bird connections, and habitat needs for wildlife.
  • Fish Eggs to Fry - Raise trout eggs in the classroom and release in pre-approved, closed system ponds. Students learn about fish biology, lifecycles, habitat, water quality monitoring, fish management, and endangered species. ODFW Handbook - ODFW Educators Handbook
  • Salmonid Anatomy and Dissection - Students dissect steelhead trout and learn about anatomy. Handbook
Schoolyard Habitat

What is a Schoolyard Habitat?

A schoolyard habitat is simply a natural area created on or near school grounds. These natural areas can include wetlands, forests, meadows, or native plant gardens. They range widely in size, but are usually larger than 1000 square feet to provide adequate habitat.

Purpose and Benefit of the Schoolyard Habitat Program -

  • Provide ecologically-sound habitat for a variety of wildlife.
  • Offer educational opportunities outside the classroom.
  • Demonstrate to students positve and lasting land stewardship.
Restoring a native habitat on a school site provides opportunities for -
  • Children - to develop knowledge and skills as they undertake an exciting, real-life project.
  • Teachers - to use the broad context of restoring the schoolyard to help enliven teaching and learning that can weave through the curriculum, from kindergarten through 12th grade and beyond!
  • Schools - to create opportunities for community involvement and to diversify the schoolyard environment.

What is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's role?

We work with your school to provide technical assistance and project guidance, from the beginning until after completion of the project. This includes help with:

  • Establishing a team, master plan, and goals
  • Site surveying and assessment
  • Proposal writing and gathering of materials
  • Project design and site preparation
  • Planting and development of maintenance plan
  • Teacher training and curriculum integration
  • Community outreach and engagement

Many projects are planned through multiple phases and change over time as children from various classes build upon the existing work of past students.

Local Program Contact:

Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office
Akimi King, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
1936 California Ave. Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Phone (541) 885-2515
Email: akimi_king@fws.gov

Other Links:
Pacific Southwest Region Connecting People with Nature Program (off site)
Project WILD (off site)
Project Learning Tree (off site)
Monarch Watch (off site)
Monarch Joint Venture (off site)

Download a printable guidebook: (7.96mb-pdf)

SHY Guidebook

Schoolyard Habitat Fact Sheet (302kb-pdf)
Connect Children and Nature Fact Sheet (320kb-pdf)
Klamath Basin - Native Plant List (1043kb-pdf)
Common Plants of the Upper Klamath Basin (11928kb-pdf)


Last updated: November 16, 2020