Wildlife Habitat Gardens

Using & teaching

Schoolyard wildlife habitat gardens provide a place for students to explore, to engage with the natural world, and to reflect. Here, children are able to feel the rewards of connecting with nature while creating concrete experiences to draw on during future learning. As an outdoor classroom, wildlife gardens provide a space to study life cycles, ecosystems, food chains/food webs, predator/prey relationships, diversity, soil, water quality, adaptations, non-native species, and human impacts on the environment. Schoolyard wildlife habitats have the ability to become a living laboratory for campuses and an extension of the indoor classroom.

Following are curriculum resources that support the use of wildlife habitat gardens:

Schoolyard wildlife habitat gardens can also provide a place to host events that help showcase the school’s work (Science nights and community celebrations) or that help provide support directly to the school’s wildlife stewardship (community workdays or bioblitz events).

Things to consider when hosting an event in your wildlife habitat area include:

  • Areas designated as do not disturb

  • Access to electricity (need for music, announcements?)

  • Providing food and drink?

  • Providing sunblock, insect repellent

  • Providing tools and gloves (work days)

  • How you’ll keep track of who comes

  • Volunteers to help prep the space and lead tours

  • Seating or table layouts

  • Informational signs

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