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.

For more information contact schoolgardens@commongroundct.org

To support schoolyard habitats, we:
Plant
  • 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
Teach
  • 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
Cross-Pollinate
  • 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
Our Partners: