(Lieberman, Gerald A. and Linda L. Hoody. Closing the Achievement Gap: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning. State Education and Environment Roundtable. 1998.)
Benefits of Sustainable Schoolyard Habitats
Improved Science Standard Proficiency: A schoolyard habitat serves as a living laboratory where students engage in hands-on inquiries into the natural world.
Improved Geography and Social Studies Standards Proficiency: Geography and social studies involve understanding connections between people, social constructs and the environment, and the schoolyard habitats program can be applied successfully to help teach those connections by assisting students in understanding both space and place.
Improved Math Standard Proficiency: A schoolyard habitat provides students with the opportunity to apply math concepts to the real world; whether estimating numbers of plants in an on-site plant community or looking for geometric shapes in nature, an outdoor area is full of mathematical wonders.
Improved English Standard Proficiency: A schoolyard habitat provides a quiet space for creative writing about nature or a research laboratory where students can develop research, writing and communication skills.
House leadership should build on the Farm Bill's bipartisan legacy of collaborative conservation success.Read More
Read a wildlife photographer's story of the declining Hawaiian i`iwi and the lobelia flower, which depend on one another to survive.Read More
Signed into law a century ago, it's one of the United States' oldest and most important wildlife conservation laws.Read More
Tell your members of Congress to save America's vulnerable wildlife by supporting the Recovering America's Wildlife Act.Read More
You don't have to travel far to join us for an event. Attend an upcoming event with one of our regional centers.