East Rock School Unveils An “Urban Oasis”

Children at East Rock Community Magnet School gathered in a field Monday to witness a ceremony that would certify a habitat right in their backyard as an urban oasis. “We gather here today to see the results of months of hard work as we transform our schoolyard into a wonderful habitat for wildlife and an exciting learning environment for our students,” said Principal Peggy Pelley.[…]

FREESIA DENAPLES PHOTO

FREESIA DENAPLES PHOTO

Many people and organizations were involved in making this schoolyard habitat possible, including Audubon Connecticut, Common Ground, the Yale Peabody Museum, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as students and teachers at East Rock School.

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New Haven’s East Rock school students help to build bird habitat

Discard the idiom — East Rock Global Studies Magnet School truly is for the birds, literally.

On Monday, officials with Audubon Connecticut and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visited the school to honor students and teachers for transforming the grounds that encircle the building’s play area into what they hope will become a bird sanctuary.[…]

On Monday officials with Audubon Connecticut and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visited the school to honor students and teachers for transforming the grounds that encircle the building's play area into what they hope will become a bird sanctuary. (Evan Lips - New Haven Register)

Evan Lips – New Haven Register

“They are designated locations in urban areas where partners come together to restore habitats and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders,” said Melissa Gibbons, an environmental teacher at Common Ground High School in West Rock.

Gibbons added that representatives from Common Ground, Audubon Connecticut and U.S. Fish and Wildlife led a training course for teachers to show them “how to integrate their schoolyard habitat into their curriculum.”

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