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Schoolyard Habitats How To Guide: 1 Welcome to the Schoolyard Habitats Program

Schoolyard Habitats How To Guide: 1 Welcome to the Schoolyard Habitats Program

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Published by: Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club on Jul 18, 2010
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To inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future
NWF Executive Staff
Larry J. Schweiger President & Chief Executive Officer Jaime Berman Matyas Executive Vice President & Chief Operating OfficerCynthia M. Lewin Senior Vice President & General CounselDulce Gomez-Zormelo Chief Financial OfficerMark Van Putten Past President
Board of Directors
CraigThompson ChairStephen Allinger, Kathleen Hadley, SpencerTomb Vice ChairsThomas Gonzales, Immediate Past Chair Jerome C. Ringo Immediate Past ChairRebecca L. Scheibelhut Past Chair
Gregor S. Bailar, Paul Beaudette, Jenny Brock, Clark Bullard, David Carruth, Shelley H. Cohen, Lyvier Conss, JohnThomas Grant, Liz Hamilton, David L. Hargett, Mark Heckert, Mason Bryant Howard, Jerry Little, Gerald Meral, GeneT.Oglesby, Lois Quam, Paul Rose, Kent Salazar, Leslie Shad, Jess Sixkiller, Gregory J. Smith, Deborah Spalding, ChristineThompson, Lise Van Susteren, Beatrice Busch von Gontard, Mark Winland
NWF Regional Centers
Reston, Virginia
Field Offices:
 Anchorage, Alaska; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; Austin,Texas; Boulder, Colorado; Annapolis, Maryland;Missoula, Montana; Montpelier, Vermont; Seattle, Washington; Washington, D.C.
Welcome to theSchoolyard Habitats
Thousands of educators, parents, administrators, and community members are working together on Schoolyard Habitats projects. No prior gardeningexperience is necessary – just dedication and resourcefulness.
Creating Schoolyard Habitats Sites: A How-To Guide 
is an introductory tool forschools and other education organizations interested in restoring and creating wildlife habitat on their school grounds.This publication can serve as a preparedto guide processs, for school communities or with consultation for NWF’sprofessional staff and volunteers.Included in this guide are the basics of gardening for wildlife, using theschoolyard as an educational tool, involving the school community, inventoryingthe schoolyard, creating a budget and project plan, acquiring resources, andsustaining the project. Practical tips and activities will guide readers through thesuccessful completion and use of a Schoolyard Habitats site as an outdoorclassroom for hands-on teaching, experiential learning, and as a resource for theentire school community.This guidebook can be used by anyone involved with a Schoolyard Habitatsproject. Educators will find age-appropriate activites and tools to engage studentsin the process of planning and creating Schoolyard Habitats Sites. Non-formaleducators can easily use this guide to incorporate Schoolyard Habitats projectsinto afterschool clubs and nature center programs. School and community volunteers can use this guide to familiarize themselves with the general process of creating a Schoolyard Habitats project.The National Wildlife Federation recognizes the efforts of schools working onSchoolyard Habitats through its national certification program. With thousandsof schools certified nationwide, NWF provides continual support through anewsletter, resource materials, curricula, and volunteer support. Whether you area teacher, a parent, or a school volunteer, we hope this guide helps you transformyour schoolyard into a thriving wildlife habitat for all to learn from, and we look forward to welcoming you into our network of certified schools.

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