|Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide
|September 11, 2019
A schoolyard habitat is a natural habitat area that is created by students, for students, with community support. It is ecologically sound, integrated into the school curriculum, and designed to encourage long-term stewardship. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers educators a free, step-by-step guide to use in developing a school yard habitat complete with teacher planning sections and student activities.
The purpose of this guide is to provide the basic steps needed to restore or create wildlife habitat. It is designed so that students complete several tasks that will lead to establishing a forest, meadow or wetland on school grounds. The projects can range in size from a small 20' by 20' area to an acre or more. These steps were developed from the experiences of several schools that have completed similar projects. The process incorporates critical thinking and decision-making skills while challenging students in reading, writing, science, mathematics and language arts.
Developed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, this guide is mostly self-explanatory. The first chapter covers logistics and general information about starting a project and challenges students to complete a project proposal. Subsequent chapters cover the details on how to complete wetland, meadow or forest habitat project. The chapters are divided into teacher sections and student sections.
There are several other guides available that go into other aspects of habitat projects such as mapping or social issues. A list of additional guides can be found in the appendix.
For more info, please visit http://www.fws.gov/letsgooutside/educators.html
To download a free copy of the guide, visit http://www.fws.gov/letsgooutside/docs/educators/habitatguide.pdf
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