Every person should have access to green
space, clean air, water, and healthy soil.
But that’s not always the case, especially
in communities most impacted by racism
and wealth inequality. When you create a
schoolyard habitat, you give every student
in your school a chance to see, smell, touch,
and care for nature.
This guide will help you plan, build, and maintain your National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitats® garden, leading you through a clear, step-by-step process. You’ll also find Green STEAM learning opportunities for students and many environment-based teaching tools.
The National Wildlife Federation is committed to supporting school communities in developing their schoolyard habitats. Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, parent, or community member, we hope this guide will help transform your schoolyard into a vibrant, living resource for learning, health, and community resilience.
Green STEAM Connections
“We are helping out nature a lot! I helped plant twelve trees today, and now I have a goal to plant one million by the time I’m old.”
–5th grader at Price Elementary, Lancaster, PA
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