Schoolyard Habitats – Greening Schools in the Inland Bays Watershed
In 2006, the CIB created a partnership with the Indian River School District to build Schoolyard Habitats at schools throughout the watershed creating outdoor learning centers that begin with a wetland and grow each year and can include rain gardens, bluebird trails, and butterfly gardens and other ‘growing’ things.
What are Schoolyard Habitats?
Schoolyard Habitats are living classrooms for hands-on learning, where students can conduct their own investigation and research…transforming schoolyards into outdoor learning discovery zones.
What does a Schoolyard Habitat look like?
We are beginning with a wetland, but a Schoolyard Habitat is a growing thing…each year, something new can be added; a butterfly garden, a blue bird trail, a wildflower meadow, a raingarden…anything that creates a habitat for native plants and animals…that provides food, cover, nesting places or water for native wildlife. If you build it…they will come!