By Suzannah Holsenbeck
Schoolyards Manger

Schoolyard Habitat Exchange Report, April 2017

As the number of official Schoolyard Habitats in Connecticut continues to expand, we want to celebrate the community of schools, and to help connect the teachers, parents, and students engaged in the stewardship of these spaces, which are so important to migratory birds, pollinators and children. Together with our partners at Audubon Connecticut, we launched a pilot series of Schoolyard Habitat Exchange events at some of the New Haven-area schools who have established habitats.

Gathering for the March Schoolyard Habitat Exchange. Photo by Jillian Bell.

Our Kick-Off Exchange took place at the Barnard Environmental Center in December. We’ve hosted two more since then, at Columbus Family Academy in March and most recently at Edgewood School two weeks ago. The Exchanges are focused on topics teachers and parents have identified as being helpful to their work. So far, they have ranged from habitat installation challenges to bird identification and strategies for engaging students in the work.

We are looking forward to our final Schoolyard Habitat Exchange of the season on May 2nd at Conte West Hills School. We’re excited to learn more about invasive species, pests, and to strategize about summer maintenance.

Schoolyard Habitat Exchanges are Free and Open to the Public. Stay tuned for a list of dates for the 2017-2018 series!