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Capital LEAF (Leaders in Environmental Actions for our Future) Schoolyard Habitat Resources

Schoolyard habitats are living educational and recreational spaces that are optimal space for interdisciplinary hands-on learning, they promote biodiversity by improving habitat for local and migratory wildlife while integrating stormwater management and if student managed, they can provide a powerful example of ecological stewardship.

Schoolyard habitats can promote physical activity, as well as an understanding and appreciation for nature while bringing the community together. When schoolyard habitats are incorporated into school culture, they bring the natural world to every student, every day and can inspire students to be environmental stewards.

DC offers resources for outdoor classroom projects that reduce runoff to our rivers, as well as school gardens and edible food forests, all of which can be living laboratories for experiential ecological education. The Sustainable DC goal is to have 10 hours of garden-based education for every DC student by 2032, whether that is in a garden on campus or off.

Lesson Plans: Consider utilizing one or more of the following curricula resources to teach schoolyard habitat.

Multiple Grades

Elementary School

Middle and High School

Student Audits and Actions: Consider utilizing one or more of the following resources to encourage student action to conserve energy at your school

Celebratory Events: Consider bringing awareness to your School Yard Habitat initiatives by celebrating these national/international awareness days at your school.

Teacher Resources: Consider taking advantage of the following resources to enhance schoolyard habitat.

Contacts: Consider reaching out to the following contacts regarding environmental education and your schoolyard habitat.

Capital LEAF Links: