Recommended steps for success include: 1) create a team, 2) create your vision, 3) gain necessary approvals, 4) inventory your site, 5) draw up your design, 6) create a materials list and budget, 7) find resources, 8) plan work days and planting days, 9) create a maintenance plan.
Create a habitat team of at least 4 people and define their roles (team leader, budget coordinator, volunteer coordinator, publicity, etc). You can use this Habitat Team Planning Sheet to help.
This step can take a while, so get started early! You will need the approval of:
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The National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat How-To guide suggests collecting:
Your design will be based on the data collected in your site inventory. Make sure your plan includes accessibility to people with disabilities.
Your list should take into account items like:
Soil, compost, mulch, decomposed granite, edging for beds, cardboard or weed cloth
Some options for resources include (visit our resource page for other options):
Fund raise (money and supplies donations)
Try to engage the community and parents, take lots of pictures and get photo releases signed for all kids; have snacks and water available for volunteer work days too. Here is a sample planting day checklist.
Refer to the maintenance section for this project for considerations for your plan.