Schoolyard Habitats

Written by Sarah Lloyd
Thursday, 12 February 2009 16:35

Schoolyard Habitats® Program

"The objective is to teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands."
- Aldo Leopold

Indian Land Elementary Yellow Jass Central Elementary

The Schoolyard Habitats® Program was formally created in 1995 by the National Wildlife Federation as an extension of the Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program to focus specifically on assisting schools, teachers, students and community members in the use of school grounds as learning sites for wildlife conservation and cross-curricular learning. NWF recognizes the on-going efforts of schools across the country through a certification process. Certified schools provide essential habitat for wildlife, as well as use these sites as teaching tools integrated into the curriculum. To date, NWF has certified more than 1000 schools nation-wide! South Carolina has more than 150 certified schools across the state - the second highest number in the nation!

Creating a Habitat

Schools and learning centers across the country are beginning to acknowledge the growing problem of habitat loss in our world, and as a result, are creating wildlife habitat on their own school grounds. Habitat-based learning sites meet the needs of wildlife by providing the four critical habitat components:
- Food
- Water
- Cover
- Places to Raise Young

Additionally, the creation of a Schoolyard Habitat site meets the needs of students, teachers, and the school community. The evolution of a habitat site is an ongoing learning process for all involved. It offers unlimited and diverse opportunities for active cross-curriculum learning and a new and creative outlet for meeting the requirements of national and state Standards of Learning.

Resources for Schoolyard Habitats:

Application for Schoolyard Habitat Certification.

Readings/Testimonials for Schoolyard Habitats:

Linking Universities and K-12 through design of outdoor learning environments

Video featuring the Schoolyard Habitat at Sheridan Elementary courtesy of the Orangeburg Times and Democrat Newspaper



If you have any questions about Schoolyard Habitats and how you can get involved, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call our office at (803) 256-0670.

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 February 2011 16:40 )

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