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Schoolyard Habitat Success Stories


 

2009/2010 School Year

St. Michaels Elementary School St. Michaels, MD  
Bushy Park Elementary School Glenwood, MD  
John Eaton Elementary School Washington, D.C.  
Barnard Elementary School Washington, D.C.  
River Terrace Elementary School Washington, D.C.  
Brookland Elementary School Washington, D.C.  
Watkins Elementary School Washington, D.C.  
Georgetown Elementary School Georgetown, DE  
Georgetown Middle School Georgetown, DE  
Natural Resource Conservation Council (NRCS) Office Dover, DE  
 

St. Michaels Elementary School

Location: St. Michaels, MD

Type of Habitat: Habitat Garden

Installed: 9/18/2009

Area Size: 1,200 sq ft

Cost: $2,000

Supported by: PTA & School Facility

Number of Students: 100

Design: Environmental Concern

Noteworthy: This courtyard transformation is the perfect example of if you build it, they will come.  While the courtyard is entirely surrounded by buildings, before the plants were all in the ground and watered, butterflies, birds and other wildlife were investigating the offerings.  Since then a family of ducks has used the space as a nesting site.  Windows allow observation of the courtyard gardens from several classrooms, the halls and the library.  Students buzz excitedly about the seasonal changes and visitors to their gardens. 

St Michaels Elementary School - Before
Before

 

St Michaels Elementary School - After
After

 

St Michaels Elementary School - Planting
Planting the Garden

 

St Michaels Elementary School - Planting
Planting

 

 

 

Bushy Park Elementary School

Location: Glenwood, MD

Type of Habitat: Wet Meadow

Installed: 10/9/2009

Area Size: 1,500 sq ft

Cost: $2,650

Supported by: Chesapeake Bay Trust

Number of Students: 600

Design: Environmental Concern and Bushy Park E. S.

Noteworthy: This project was a remarkable school-wide effort in which parents, teachers and students came together for a Wetland Learning Day. The school went above and beyond the traditional classroom approach utilizing Environmental Concern’s Wandering Travelling Trunk, various wetland education stations, Wetland on Wheels, planting groups, games and more to send a message of stewardship home with their students.

Bushy Park Elementary School - before
Before

 

Bushy Park Elementary School - Excavation
Prepared Site

Bushy Park Elementary School - Planting
Planting Day

Bushy Park Elementary School - after
After

 

 


John Eaton Elementary School

Location: Washington, D.C.

Type of Habitat: Habitat Garden

Installed: April 13, 2010

Area Size: 500 sq ft

Cost: $990

Supported by: WWDC and NOAA grant

Number of Students Involved: 60

Design: Environmental Concern & John Eaton E.S.

Noteworthy: Three fourth grade classes participated in this project, learning all about the habitats of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  The garden is an addition to a planting from 2008 and part of a walking trail and other new native landscaping installed around the school this year.  Classes made posters to display around the school about how to be more environmentally friendly.

John Eaton Elementary School - before
Before

 

John Eaton Elementary School - after
After

 

John Eaton Elementary School - Planting
Planting

 

John Eaton Elementary School - Planting
Planting

 

John Eaton Elementary School - after
Completed Project

 

 

 


Barnard Elementary School

Location: Washington, D.C.

Type of Habitat: Habitat Garden

Phase II Installed: May 5, 2010

Area Size: 500 sq ft

Cost: $712

Supported by: WWDC and NOAA grant

Number of Students Involved: 60

Design: Environmental Concern & Barnard E.S.

Noteworthy: Three fourth grade classes supplemented their butterfly habitat garden, created in 2008, by planting 250 additional native plants with high pollinator value, weeding and placing 11 cubic yards of mulch in the habitat. This action project allowed the students to see the existing habitat garden transform from a nice garden located outside their school into a fantastic outdoor classroom with the addition of two more benches, spider frames, and signage. The students’ habitat work was the finale of numerous in-class sessions where students learned wetland basics and watershed science.

Barnard Elementary School - before
Before weeding and planting

 

Barnard Elementary School - after planting
After Planting

 

Barnard Elementary School - Planting
Planting

 

Barnard Elementary School - mulching
Planting

 

Barnard Elementary School - mulch
Carying Mulch
Barnard Elementary School - weeding
Pulling Weeds

 

 


River Terrace Elementary School

Location: Washington, D.C.

Type of Habitat: Rain Garden

Installed: May 11, 2010

Area Size: 500 sq ft

Cost: $2,820

Supported by: WWDC and NOAA grant

Number of Students Involved: 90

Design: Environmental Concern & River Terrace E.S

Noteworthy:  Over ninety students from 3rd-5th grade participated in the transformation of a grassy area into a 500 square foot, three-pool rain garden system and an outdoor classroom area. Thanks to the hard work of Severn Grove Ecological Design, who completed the excavation, this rain garden really blossomed. Because of the planting day’s rainy weather, the students immediately saw the accumulation of rain water in the rain garden. It was great to see the obvious watershed connection!

River Terrace Elementary School - Before
Before

 

River Terrace Elementary School - After
After

 

River Terrace Elementary School - excavation
Severn Grove Ecological Design assists with excavation.

 

River Terrace Elementary School - Planting
Planting

 

River Terrace Elementary School - Planting
Planting
River Terrace Elementary School - Rain Garden
Roof down-spout drains into garden.

 

 


Brookland Elementary School

Location: Washington, D.C.

Type of Habitat: Habitat Garden

Phase II Installed: May 18, 2010

Area Size: 500 sq ft

Cost: $890

Supported by: WWDC and NOAA grant

Number of Students Involved: 55

Design: Environmental Concern & Brookland E.S.

Noteworthy: Two fourth grade classes were involved in the planning and planting of this garden as an addition to a garden begun in 2007 and revisited in 2009.  This year a path was lengthened to continue through the entire garden so that students can weave their way through the plantings.  The latest plantings focused on winter persistent species and evergreens to make sure that the garden has visual interest and habitat offerings all year round.

Brookland Elementary School - Before
Before Planting

 

Brookland Elementary School - After
After Planting

 

Brookland Elementary School - Planting Lesson
Planting Lesson

 

Brookland Elementary School - Planting
Planting Day

 

Brookland Elementary School - Planting
Planting

 

 

 


Watkins Elementary School

Location: Washington, D.C.

Type of Habitat: Habitat Garden/Rain Garden

Phase II Installed: May 21, 2010

Area Size: 500 sq ft

Cost: $765

Supported by: WWDC and NOAA grant

Number of Students Involved: 100

Design: Environmental Concern & Watkins E.S

Noteworthy: Five fourth grade classes participated in this project, learning all about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  Each student designed a page all about one of the species planted and combined them as a class field guide to the habitat.  This area was created as a rain garden and native planting in 2008 and expanded this year with a new group of students and 200 new plants.

Watkins Elementary School - Before
Before

 

Watkins Elementary School - After
After

 

Watkins Elementary School - Planting
Planting in expanded garden.
Watkins Elementary School - Planting
Planting Day

 

 


Georgetown Elementary School

Location: Georgetown, DE

Type of Habitat: Freshwater Marsh

Installed: May 27, 2010

Area Size: 1,000 sq ft

Cost: $1,650

Supported by: Center for Inland Bays and the Chichester DuPont Foundation

Number of Students Involved: 550

Design: Environmental Concern & Georgetown E.S

Noteworthy: This wetland was created to contain runoff from the nearby storage building.  Stepping stones were placed along the perimeter of the pond area so that each student from a visiting class would have a special place to stand.  Every student from the school was able to participate in the planting of 900 plants. 

Georgetown Elementary School - Before
Before

 

Georgetown Elementary School - After Planting
After Planting

 

Georgetown Elementary School - soil sample
Soil evaluation
Georgetown Elementary School - 6 months after planting
6 Months After Planting

 

 


Georgetown Middle School

Location: Georgetown, DE

Type of Habitat: Freshwater Marsh with Island

Installed: June 8, 2010

Area Size: 3,000 sq ft

Cost: $2,100

Supported by: Center for Inland Bays and the Chichester DuPont Foundation

Number of Students Involved: 600

Design: Environmental Concern & Georgetown M.S.

Noteworthy: A team of selected students and teachers came together to work on this design and help with the planning of the project.  The wetland was designed to contain a large amount of runoff coming from a nearby housing development.  The area had been frequently flooding and was often unusable.  The bridge was added as an Eagle Scout project. 

   

Georgetown Middle School - Before
Before

 

Georgetown Middle School - Excavation
During Excavation

 

Georgetown Middle School - Planting Lesson
Planting instructions

 

Georgetown Middle School - Planting
Planting the wetland.

 

Georgetown Middle School - After
After

Georgetown Middle School - After
3 Months after planting.

 

Georgetown MS August 2012 
August 2012

 


Natural Resource Conservation Council (NRCS) Office

Location: Dover, DE

Type of Habitat: Rain Garden

Installed: June 8, 2010

Area Size: 400 sq ft

Cost: $2,500

Supported by: Partnership for DE Estuary and NOAA

Number of Students Involved: 24

Design: Environmental Concern & Georgetown M.S.

Noteworthy: This project was installed as a part of a large Rain Garden initiative in Delaware.  The NRCS offered a site at their office park and invited first graders from a neighboring school to help with the planting.  The Rain Garden will filter a large quantity of water running off of the parking area and serve as a demonstration area for the community. 

NRCS-excavation
Excavating the site

 

NRCS-excavation
Site preparation

 

NRCS - Planting
Planting

 

NRCS - Planting
Planting

 

NRSC- AfterCompleted wetland

 

 

 

 

 


 

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