The Schoolyard Habitat Program helps schools plan, build, and maintain native plantings and outdoor learning spaces that benefit both children and wildlife.
This program is a partnership between Common Ground, Audubon Connecticut, US Fish and Wildlife, and the Peabody Museum.
Interested schools: Our next application will be arriving in the fall. In the meantime, check out CT Audubon’s Schoolyard Habitat Curriculum Guide.
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To support schoolyard habitats, we:
- Work closely with teachers, parents, administrators, and students to develop a native planting plan and outdoor learning space for their school
- Install native plantings, pathways, seating, signage, and other learning tools
- Train teachers and Leadership Team members in the ongoing care and educational use of the new habitat
- Professional environmental educators teach lessons in the new habitat to enrich student learning and provide professional development for classroom teachers
- Children come to Common Ground to learn and explore the wetland and West Rock habitats
- Teachers join our Professional Learning Community of educators who are teaching and enriching their curriculum through outdoor experiences
- Connect schools to community resources necessary for long-term viability
- Engage the school administration and staff as well as the broader community in supporting the schoolyard habitat
- Host professional development workshops and networking events
- Share resources and opportunities through a regular email newsletter