Thursday, May 19, 2011

Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide from the US Fish & Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently revised their Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide

The Schoolyard Habitat Program helps teachers and students create wildlife habitat at their own schools. Typical projects include: wetlands, meadows, forests and variations based on specific ecoregions.

Many projects are planned through multiple phases and change over time as children from various classes build upon the existing work of past students.

This 132 page guide provides a comprehensive resource to support new and existing habitat improvement projects.  The guide includes information on the following topics:
  1. Forming a Team
  2. Developing a Master Plan for your site
  3. Assessing the Project Site
  4. Designing Your Project
  5. Deciding Money Matters
  6. Project Installation Tips
  7. Developing a Maintenance Plan
  8. Using the Site
  9. Sharing Your Story
  10. Includes Appendices on Specific Habitat Types, Equipment, Choosing Plants, Soil Testing, and more!
You can download the entire guide from their website

You can also check out the Ohio Division of Wildlife's WILD School Site program on our website.  We offer grants, consultations, workshops and a certification program for Ohio schools.

Happy Planting!