Schoolyard Habitat Program
Northeast Region
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Schoolyard Habitat Program


The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Schoolyard Habitat Program is to get students across the country outside to experience nature. To accomplish this mission, the program helps schools create natural spaces on their grounds where students can connect with the outdoors, using it as a classroom to Observe, Draw, Write, Think and Question.

Projects vary but share 5 common elements:

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In the Northeast, the most densely populated coastal region in the United States, many of our schools are in urban areas. The Schoolyard Habitat Program works specifically with these school communities through the Urban Schoolyard Habitat Initiative to address their unique opportunities and challenges. Schoolyard Habitat projects create pockets of nature where, even if surrounded by busy streets and tall buildings, students can explore, find respite and connect with nature.

Last updated: May 22, 2014