Schools throughout the nation are recognizing the value of encouraging students to learn outside. Integrating curriculum and habitat projects into an "outdoor classroom" is a unique and valuable approach to getting children engaged and excited about learning. Schoolyard habitats offer many teaching and learning opportunities in multiple subjects, and research shows that using the environment as a focal point of teaching actually improves student performance. If designed and managed properly, schoolyard habitats can provide students with a powerful example of land stewardship, provide habitat for wildlife, and address local, regional and even global environmental issues.
History of Schoolyard Habitat Programs
Benefits of Schoolyard Habitat Projects
Common Qualities of Excellent Schoolyard Habitat Programs
Getting Started: Steps for Developing a Project
Project How To's: Easy steps to choose & create hundreds of projects!
How to Choose & Find Native Plants
How to Find Funding
Integrating Projects into the Curriculum
Interactive Maryland Map
Professional Development & Field Opportunities
Schoolyard Habitat FAQ
Children in Nature
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