Gorzycki Middle School

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Gorzycki Middle School worked closely with the National Wildlife Federation to install a native habitat and nature trail. They identified native plants along the trail and partnered with the Boy Scouts to build an arbor and a formal outdoor classroom space. The nature trail offers students a rich learning environment for engaging with nature.

Keys to Success

  • Commitment from Austin ISD and Gorzycki MS teachers to the success of the project
  • Teachers surveyed the land and created a thorough plan and design
  • Projects planned and completed by Boy Scouts
  • Funding from grant writing
  • Partnership with the National Wildlife Federation
  • Sprinkler System for watering maintenance
  • Integration of the habitat into the curriculum
  • Teachers school wide use the habitat and classroom


  • Removing Poison Ivy from the area
  • Distance from the building
  • Transporting supplies and materials
  • Overuse necessitated a sign up for use of the area