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Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas.

Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat

By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat®. How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Garden Provide Food for Wildlife Everyone needs to eat! Planting native forbs, shrubs and trees is the easiest way to provide the foliage, nectar, pollen, berries, seeds and nuts that many species of wildlife require to survive and thrive. Instagram. Instagram. Instagram. Instagram. Instagram. Instagram. Instagram. OhioWILDEd : Love this! @mvschool #ncygs14 ... OhioWILDEd : @mvschool #ncygs14 ... The Value of Environmental Education. Conservation Education/Project WILD. Project WILD involves young people and wildlife, a proven formula for generating interest and participation.

Conservation Education/Project WILD

It is a supplementary education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation, and understanding of wildlife and natural resources. Attractive and easy to use, Project WILD is an ideal way to supplement your curriculum and fire the imagination of your students. Project WILD teaches young people how to think about wildlife, not what to think. Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade learn basic concepts about wild animals, their needs and importance, and their relationships to people and the environment.

The hands-on, diverse activities help develop problem-solving and decision making skills in determining responsible human actions. Project WILD was developed through a joint effort of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Council for Environmental Education. The Growing Up WILD Guide: Natureworkseverywhere. Say Yes to Outdoor Play in Winter. Winter has arrived in Sydney, and with it Early Childhood Educators start to ask themselves the question: "Should we let the children play outside in the cold (wet, mud, rain)?

Say Yes to Outdoor Play in Winter

" I can hear our friends in the Northern parts of the globe laughing at us already. It's a rainy day over at The Treehouse Preschool in Maryland, and the children are outside - wait for it - playing with water: Winter in Canada is not exactly known for its warmth, but does that stop the children at Stomping in the Mud enjoying a walk? Or heading outside for a spot of alfresco painting? The children from Learning For Life in Ireland play outdoors whatever the weather.

Look, it is snowing! So come on Sydney people. 20 Playful Ideas for using Pallets at Preschool. The time has come to breath some life back into this blog.

20 Playful Ideas for using Pallets at Preschool

And what better way to kick start things than an tribute to my love affair with the humble pallet. As anyone who works with the budget in an early childhood setting knows only too well, money never stretches far enough. And even if it did, the most interesting materials and resources tend to be those that are found and reused in creative ways, or real life objects uncovered at garage sales or Op shops.

Enter the wooden pallet. Often available free of charge, or to be found for a measly $10 from a nursery or recycling centre, the pallet is an open ended resource that can be put to use in a learning environment in a myriad of ways. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. Mirror, mirror on the Wall. I've been enamoured of late with the idea of mirrors in the outdoor play space.

Mirror, mirror on the Wall

Not only do young children find mirrors engaging, but mirrors also add light and character, and open up a smaller outdoor play space. Mirrors also make intriguing play surfaces. Or a surface for painting and sensory explorations with materials such as finger paints, shaving cream, sand or clay. Add a mirror to the bottom of the water trough to experiment with reflections. Kate from An Everyday Story gives a useful run down on different types of mirrors and different uses for mirrors in play in her post called (naturally enough) Mirrors. KidSafe has some advice on the safe use of mirrors.

Have you used mirrors outdoors? Pacific Southwest Region - US Fish & Wildlife Service. Schoolyard Habitats. To help reconnect today's children to the outdoors, National Wildlife Federation assists schools in developing outdoor classrooms called Schoolyard Habitats®, where educators and students learn how to attract and support local wildlife.

Schoolyard Habitats

These wildlife habitats become places where students not only learn about wildlife species and ecosystems, but also outdoor classrooms where they hone their academic skills and nurture their innate curiosity and creativity. How Schoolyard Habitats Got Its Start National Wildlife Federation has encouraged individuals and communities to create and conserve wildlife habitat since 1973, when the Backyard Wildlife Habitat™ program (now called the Certified Wildlife Habitat® program) began.

In 1996, the Schoolyard Habitats program was created to meet the growing interest and distinct needs of schools and school districts in creating and restoring wildlife habitat on school grounds. What age groups are involved with Schoolyard Habitats projects? Lowe's Toolbox for Education. BROWN STREET ACADEMY. Schoolyards & Outdoor Classrooms.