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Great job!! Adding native plants adjacent to vegetables increases pollinator abundance!
06/20/2019

Great job!! Adding native plants adjacent to vegetables increases pollinator abundance!

Thanks to two interns from Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and Jerrett Johnson for assisting with this wildflower planting at the elementary school in Ecorse, Michigan. This garden will provide an educational opportunity for the students to learn about the power of pollinators and how they are important to their adjacent vegetable garden and our food supply. Photo: Meri Holm/USFWS

06/20/2019

Have you ever thought “there MUST be a better way to select a restoration site that benefits both wildlife and my urban audience!”? If so, join the UWCP webinar GIS Mapping for Birds and People to learn about a tool created to identify ideal locations for the establishment of urban oases. The tool includes biodiversity and social layers that predict what areas migrating songbirds are most likely to use and what communities are most likely to benefit from access to nature.

Title: GIS Mapping for Birds and People
Date: June 24th 2:00pm Eastern
Speakers: by Carrie Flosom-O'Keefe and Genevieve Nuttall, Audubon Connecticut
Description: With increasing urbanization, and 90% of Connecticut’s population living in urban areas away from natural green spaces, there is an urgent need to re-acquaint communities with nature while creating more sustainable and healthy cities for people and wildlife. We will share our model for bridging the gap – community-based conservation through our Urban Oases and Schoolyard Habitat Programs. As part of our presentation, we will highlight GIS technology we have developed and are using for urban habitat restoration and communication. We will describe our GIS decision support tool used to identify urban communities in greatest need of healthy green spaces, while also addressing the need of restoring high quality habitat for migratory songbirds in urban and suburban areas. Further, we will discuss best practices for engaging your community and stakeholders in your conservation planning process. A background in GIS is not required.

Or, just pop in on Monday.
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Great job!!
05/22/2019

Great job!!

Students at Carson City High School spent time investigating the native plants in a habitat that they created at their school. In addition to studying the plants, students did some habitat maintenance and completed a 10-minute count of bird species that were in or near the habitat in order to contribute to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology eBird citizen science project.

Photos by Michelle Hunt/USFWS #R8HabitatRestoration

Applications now being accepted for the Teen School Garden Apprenticeships. The program cultivates leadership, confidenc...
04/14/2019
Teen Apprentice Program

Applications now being accepted for the Teen School Garden Apprenticeships. The program cultivates leadership, confidence, and resilience in youth.

​​This program is possible through the generosity of Harmony Farm Supply and ​Joe & Linda Maloney. ​Without their support this program would not exist. ​THANK YOU! ​

Professional Development Training in a beautiful forest among trees, birds, and colleagues. NGSS that's hands-on and hot...
04/10/2019
Forestry Institute for Teachers

Professional Development Training in a beautiful forest among trees, birds, and colleagues. NGSS that's hands-on and hotly relevant.

This page promotes the Forestry Institute for Teachers

GREAT OUTDOORS LIVE: YOURS TO EXPLOREhttps://GreatOutdoorsLIVE.org• Find lesson plans and other resources about public l...
03/14/2019
greatoutdoorslive.org

GREAT OUTDOORS LIVE: YOURS TO EXPLORE
https://GreatOutdoorsLIVE.org
• Find lesson plans and other resources about public lands
• Watch and participate in two webcasts about the great outdoors
There will be two webcasts in fall 2019:
• Watch a pre-taped video, “Great Outdoors LIVE: From Backyard to Backcountry,” that will be webstreamed on the web site beginning September 1, 2019.
• Then, on September 25, 2019, participate in a LIVE, INTERACTIVE webcast and send in your questions about public lands for scientists and others to answer. We’ll be coming to you LIVE from Shoshone National Forest – the first national forest in the United States – located near Cody, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park.
Learn about:
• ecosystems – large and small
• what public lands are and their importance
• the history of public lands
• natural resource careers
• connections to indigenous peoples
• balancing wildlife and human needs

Wonderful Showers Will Bring Native Pollinator Flowers:Students at Meiners Oaks Elementary school are in the design phas...
03/07/2019

Wonderful Showers Will Bring Native Pollinator Flowers:
Students at Meiners Oaks Elementary school are in the design phase for Phase 2 of their Schoolyard Habitat and Outdoor Classroom Project. It will be planted along the perimeter of the grassy field on campus. The Schoolyard Habitat Club members protected native plants with rock rings and mulch and made signs for the plants that were installed during Phase 1. This coyote brush plant is an important nectar source for adult monarch butterflies.

"Nature Education" online courseApril 9 - May 14, 2019 (5 weeks)Cornell University Civic Ecology LabRegister now! http:/...
02/28/2019
Nature Education

"Nature Education" online course
April 9 - May 14, 2019 (5 weeks)
Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab
Register now! http://civicecology.org/course-ne
Nature experiences can be educational, joyful, and comforting. Based on research and practice examples, this course will help you use nature education to promote human well-being, make communities healthier, cultivate environmental stewardship, and incorporate nature in your everyday life. Cost: $60.

April 9 – May 14, 20195-week online courseHundreds of participants from all over the world will take this popular course! Click here to register now!Cost: $60 This course in 2019:Dates: April…

01/28/2019

We’re back online and honored to continue sharing the beauty and wonder of America’s public lands. As all of the government reopens, we want to thank those respectful and protective of these important places during the shutdown. Many employees worked without pay, and members of the public volunteered to keep public lands safe and clean to ensure they’ll continue to be a proud legacy for future generations. We are so grateful to our devoted employees, volunteers, partners and contractors who continue to inspire through their dedication to Interior’s mission.

Check out the Schoolyard Habitat Partnership the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has had with the Sonoma Ga...
10/25/2018
SchoolYard Habitat

Check out the Schoolyard Habitat Partnership the USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has had with the Sonoma Garden Network since 2012! Lots of before and after pictures of projects to see here!

POLLINATING PATCHES • SONGBIRD NESTING BOXES • RAIN GARDENS WETLAND ZONES • NATURE TRAILS and more... Engage in SchoolYard Habitat Projects at your school!

Looking for funding for an ocean education or coastal stewardship project for underserved youth or the general public?  ...
09/18/2018
California Coastal Commission

Looking for funding for an ocean education or coastal stewardship project for underserved youth or the general public? The California Coastal Commission is accepting applications to the WHALE TAIL® grants program between now and November 5, 2018 from nonprofits, schools, or public agencies. There is a special subcategory for projects addressing climate change as it relates to the ocean or coastline, and a new subcategory for smaller organizations working with underserved communities. A total of $370,000 will be awarded. For full guidelines and the application, see https://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/plate/plgrant.html.

The WHALE TAIL® grants support programs that teach California's children and the general public to value and take action to improve the health of the state's marine and coastal resources. Adopt-A-Beach® programs, as well as other beach maintenance and coastal habitat restoration projects that have...

In Paris, which has the highest population density in Europe, no one lives more than 200 meters from a school, meaning t...
08/27/2018
Green space in every schoolyard: the radical plan to cool Paris

In Paris, which has the highest population density in Europe, no one lives more than 200 meters from a school, meaning the plan to create green space in every schoolyard could dramatically increase access to green space for many residents.

Playground oases could benefit students and city alike, but will making them public prove too controversial in a city on high alert?

Check out this great accomplishment!
08/06/2018

Check out this great accomplishment!

With less than two weeks to go before the 2018-19 school year begins, schools across Oakland are getting ready. At Melrose Leadership Academy (MLA), work is now underway to make the campus more green and, in the process, help children learn.

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), The Trust for Public Land, and Green Schoolyards America announced their partnership at MLA, the first of five schools to serve as demonstration sites where asphalt covered schoolyards will be transformed into green or “living” schoolyards. The partners will also collaborate on a district policy, funding strategy and joint use agreements to ensure more OUSD’s schoolyards become healthier and more climate resilient.

“Working with The Trust for Public Land, Green Schoolyards America and the community provides Oakland Unified School District with added resources and technical expertise that we need to improve the learning environment for our students,” said Kyla Johnson-Trammell, OUSD Superintendent. “This effort will also create healthier conditions at our schools, and get our students to think more globally and be more environmentally conscious.”

The partnership focuses on increasing equity across OUSD by prioritizing schools that serve low-income neighborhoods. The five demonstration schoolyards (Emiliano Zapata Street Academy, Markham Elementary School, Melrose Leadership Academy, Ralph J. Bunche High School, and two elementary schools that share a campus, International Community School and Think College Now) will receive community engagement, participatory design, asphalt removal and planting. The demonstration schools will also benefit from professional development from the Green Schoolyards America’s Principals’ Institute. Nearly 1,700 students attend these five schools and will directly benefit from the transformation. A total of 30,000 people live within a 10-minute walk of these sites.

Alejandra Chiesa, Bay Area Program Director at The Trust for Public Land, said, “We are excited to begin transforming asphalt-covered schoolyards into park-like outdoor learning environments with trees, gardens and natural materials. As a parent, I know schools are where children spend most of their time and everyone deserves a great park within a 10-min walk from home. By investing in school ground greening, students and the surrounding community gain daily exposure to nature and all its associated benefits.”

“Our temperature measurements indicate that on a sunny 65-70°F day in Oakland, unshaded asphalt surface temperatures can climb over 115°F and rubber matting is often more than 140°F. These conditions are not conducive to comfort or physical activity and can negatively impact children’s well-being,” said Sharon Danks, Executive Director of Green Schoolyards America. “By transforming these asphalt covered schoolyards into park-like environments, we can plant trees to shade and cool hot asphalt and reduce energy costs in adjacent buildings, while also improving the watershed by absorbing rain water. “Living schoolyards” also provide fantastic, engaging, place-based, hands-on learning resources right outside the classroom door, which makes it easier for teachers to immerse children in the natural world every day.”

“As our federal government steps back from the historic Paris Climate Accord, Oakland Unified School District is stepping up to address the impacts of climate change where we can, from the classroom to our schoolyards,” said OUSD Board of Education Director, Jody London “The Living Schoolyards Initiative brings together students, teachers, staff, families and the community in designing the environment they’d like to see.”

OUSD's Deputy Chief of Facilities, Tim White said, “OUSD remains committed to providing students with great learning facilities and outdoor spaces. Partnerships like this are essential to overcome some of the funding challenges we face. The need is great and OUSD cannot do it alone. We are extremely grateful for the continued engagement and support of so many non-profits partners and community members that have been working alongside OUSD to improve our schools.”

Generous funders have provided key contributions toward this effort. The California State Coastal Conservancy Proposition 1 competitive Grant Program has provided a $566,000 grant to The Trust for Public Land. Other major contributors include Kaiser Permanente Northern California and the Hellman Foundation.

“Living schoolyards are true multi-benefit projects,” said Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer of the California State Coastal Conservancy and Oakland resident, “Not only do they provide the important ecological services in our heavily urbanized watersheds, they are connecting the future generation of stewards with the natural world. Children who experience nature become adults who protect it.”

“This pilot of transforming asphalt-covered campuses with gardens and nature-filled outdoor classrooms will create beautiful park-like spaces that will inspire students and stimulate their creativity, as well as result in a healthier learning environment. The Hellman Foundation is delighted to support this partnership which will benefit thousands of students in Oakland and serve as learning opportunity for expansion across the district,” said Frances Hellman, who sits on the Hellman Foundation Board of Directors.

"Research has long confirmed the mental and physical benefits of time well spent in safe, green spaces,” said Abhay Dandekar, MD, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. “We must create these healthy environments for developing minds and bodies as they learn and grow. Revitalizing asphalt-covered schoolyards into outdoor learning and play spaces with trees and gardens will surely impact children and families now and for generations to come.”

(Photos show work being done at Melrose Leadership Academy on Wednesday, August 1, students at Cleveland Elementary School harvesting vegetables and a powerful statement made by students at Melrose Leadership Academy.)

Do Lessons in Nature Boost Subsequent Classroom Engagement? Refueling Students in Flight
06/22/2018
Do Lessons in Nature Boost Subsequent Classroom Engagement? Refueling Students in Flight

Do Lessons in Nature Boost Subsequent Classroom Engagement? Refueling Students in Flight

Teachers wishing to offer lessons in nature may hold back for fear of leaving students keyed up and unable to concentrate in subsequent, indoor lessons. This study tested the hypothesis that lessons in nature have positive –– not negative –– aftereffects on subsequent classroom engagement. U...

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