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Schoolyard Habitat Success Stories


 

2010/2011 School Year

Caesar Rodney High School Camden, DE  

 

Easton High School Easton, MD    
Fairview Elementary School Dover, DE    
H.O. Brittingham Elementary School Milton, DE  

 

J.C. Parks Elementary School Indian Head, MD  

 

J.M. Clayton Elementary School Frankford, DE  

 

Milton Public Library Milton, DE  

 

North Georgetown Elementary School Georgetown, DE    
Page Jackson Elementary School Charles Town, WV  

 

St. Mary’s College of Maryland St. Mary’s, MD  

 

 

Caesar Rodney High School

Location: Camden, DE

Type of Habitat: Rain Garden & Habitat Garden

Installed: September 22, 2010

Area Size: 2,377 sq ft

Cost: $3,100

Supported by: Partnership for a DE Estuary

Number of Students Involved: 175

Design: Environmental Concern & CRHS

Noteworthy: This High School is hoping to be an example for other schools in their area.  They are focusing on native habitats and the environment and finding ways to incorporate them into the curriculum.  They have taken a large open grassy courtyard and installed walking paths, solar panels, a circulating pond, several planting beds dedicated to local flora and fauna and a large rain garden and native planting area.  The courtyard will be a focal point of classes and a gathering space for community productions. 

Ceasar Rodney High School - Before
Before

 

Ceasar Rodney High School - After
After

 

Ceasar Rodney High School - Using Sod Cutter
Removing the sod.

 

Ceasar Rodney High School - Planting
Planting with weed barier.

 

Ceasar Rodney High School - Planting
Planting the garden

Ceasar Rodney High School - Mulching
Spreading mulch.

 



Easton High School

Location: Easton, MD

Type of Habitat: Rain Garden

Installed: 5/25/2011

Area Size: 2,000 sq ft (500 plants)

Cost: $3,200

Supported by: The Waterfowl Festival

Number of Students: 90

Design: Environmental Concern & Easton HS Students

Excavation: Completed by Severn Grove Ecological Design

Noteworthy: Two students from the Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science course assisted as leaders with the design and installation.  Their input included measurements, plant selection to form a color block pattern within the garden, and a large portion of the actual plantings and mulching.   Also assisting on the project was an EHS 11th grader who had been participating in a semester long internship with Environmental Concern. 


Easton High School-Before Installation
Site prior to construction

 


Easton High School-After Construction Before Planting
Rain Garden prior to plant installation
Easton High School-Completed Rain Garden
Completed Rain Garden
Easton High School-Planting
Planting day


Easton High School-Planting
Planting

 


Easton High School-Planting
Planting


Easton High School Group Photo
Easton High Sthool students with Completed Rain Garden

 


 

 

 

Fairview Elementary School

Location: Walker Road, Dover, DE

Type of Habitat: Rain Garden

Installed: 5/14/2011

Area Size: 900 sq ft (312 plants)

Cost: $3,000

Supported by: Partners for the Delaware Estuary & Clean Water Advisory

Number of Students: 534

Design: Environmental Concern

Noteworthy: The rain garden was created in a compacted area, so soils were amended to improve infiltration.  A central drain was converted from its original low spot to an elevated overflow within the garden.  This rain garden was actually planted in the rain.  Students enthusiastically donned plastic bag boots, and mucked through the garden planting flowers, trees and shrubs.  One of the biggest challenges of this courtyard garden was cleaning the hallways after the planting.  The day after the planting, the sun was shining and the efforts of the students and volunteers paid off in full. 

 

Fairview Elementary School- Before
Before

 

Fairview Elementary School-After
Completed Rain Garden

 

Fairview Elementary School-Plantig in the rain
Planting in the rain

 

Fairview Elementary School-Planting in the rain
Planting in the rain

 

Fairview Elementary School-Kids keep dry by wearing plastic bags
Kids keep dry by wearing plastic bags.

 


H.O. Brittingham Elementary School

Location:Milton, DE

Type of Habitat: Rain Garden

Installed: 5/6/2011

Area Size: 10,500 sq ft (2,700 plants)

Supported by: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and University of Delaware Sea Grant programs.   Funded by a community grant.

Number of Students: 500

Design: Duffield Associates

Noteworthy: The HOB mascot is the busy bee, so the school was very enthusiastic about pollinators.  In early spring EC educators involved each class in lessons on native plants, rain gardens and pollinators.  Design and excavation were completed by project partners and plant selection and installation was overseen by EC.  All of the students from grades K-5 participated in planting the two large gardens in front of the school.  Both sites are clearly visible from the front drop off/pick up area, where most students and many parents pass each day.

 

HO Brittingham Elementary School before
Before

 

HO Brittingham Elementary School rain garden after
Completed Rain Garden

HO Brittingham Elementary School students planting rain garden
Planting Day

HO Brittingham Elementary School students planting rain garden
Planting Day

 

 


J.C. Parks Elementary School

Location: Livingston Road, Indian Head, MD

Type of Habitat:Freshwater marsh, wildflower meadow, and wooded forest area.

Installed: 6/9/2011

Area Size: 11,000 sq ft (3,000 plants)

Supported by: Chesapeake Bay Trust grant to the school

Number of Students: 800+

Design: Environmental Concern

Excavation: JADEE Inc. contracted by JC Parks

Noteworthy: This project culminated in 2 full days of planting with students, after two years of planning, design and permitting work.  With 11,000 square feet of habitat, it is the largest, most varied habitat installed by the EC education department.   Nearby Henson Middle School students also took part in the large planting, focusing on the more than 250 trees and shrubs.  A large freshwater marsh, complemented by a wet meadow and wooded area, will provide many opportunities for the teachers and students to use the different habitats in learning activities.  This project will make a big difference in filtering the runoff from the school grounds. 

 

JC Parks Elementary School before
Before

 

JC Parks Elementary School site prior to planting
Prepared Site

JC Parks Elementary School students planting
Planting Day

 

JC Parks Elementary School after planting
After Planting

 

JC Parks Elementary School students seeding meadow
Seeding the Meadow

 

JC Parks Elementary School students mulching meadow
Mulching Meadow with Straw

JC Parks Elementary School students planting trees
Planting Trees & Shrubs

JCParks 3 months after planting
3 months after planting

JC Parks 2012
August 2012
JC Parks 2012
Pond Planting - August 2012

 


J.M. Clayton Elementary School

Location: Clayton Avenue, Frankford, DE

Type of Habitat: Wooded wetland .

Installed: 6/1/2011

Area Size: 2,000+ sq ft (260 plants)

Cost: $1,500

Supported by: Center for Inland Bays

Number of Students: 550

Design: Environmental Concern

Excavation: JADEE Inc. contracted by JC Parks

Noteworthy: Originally this school was a high school.  Several years ago it was converted into an elementary school, but the schoolyard habitat that had been created by one of the HS teachers, was left idle in the woods behind the school.  The abandoned habitat grew in with cattails and many species of volunteer saplings to the point where the pond was barely visible.  To begin the revival, the pond was cleared of cattails and unwanted plants, and the wooded area around the wetland was thinned.  This, along with a cleared nature trail, now allows students to get in and out of the area safely.  Students then re-planted with a diverse selection of native species.  The revitalized habitat will boost the plant and animal diversity and will improve the opportunities for outdoor learning. 

 

JM Clayton Elementary School-wooded wetland before planting
Before

 

JM Clayton Elementary School-wooded wetland before clearing invasives
Preparing The Site

JM Clayton Elementary School-wooded wetland cleared site before planting
Prepared Site

JM Clayton Elementary School-wooded wetland planting
Planting to Improve Diversity

JM Clayton Elementary School-wooded wetland planting

 


Milton Public Library

Location: Milton, DE

Type of Habitat: Two Rain Gardens

Installed: 5/26/2011

Area Size: 1,200 sq ft (340 plants)

Supported by: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and University of Delaware Sea Grant programs.   Funded by a community grant.:

Design: Duffield Associates

Noteworthy: The two gardens at this site are perfect locations for community demonstration gardens.  One is along the entryway to the library showing how building runoff can be directed into a rain garden to allow infiltration.  The other garden acts as a buffer along the edge of the Broadkill River, trapping and filtering runoff before it reaches that water’s edge.

 

Milton Public Library Before
Site 1: Before

 

Milton Public Library
Site 1: After Planting

Milton Library Before
Site 2: Before

Milton Library rain garden after planting
Site 2: After Planting

 

 



North Georgetown Elementary School

Location: Georgetown, DE

Type of Habitat: Fresh water marsh

Installed: 6/7/2011

Area Size: 1,750 sq ft (650 plants)

Cost: $1,500

Supported by: Center for Inland Bays

Number of Students: 525

Design: Environmental Concern & North Georgetown Elementary School Students

Noteworthy: This school had several potential habitat sites.  Students selected two sites to work with.  The first was in the bend of a stormwater ditch.  Turf grass was removed and wetland vegetation was established, along with a “no mow” policy.  The second site was a stormwater pond at the rear of the school property.  The area was a seasonally flooded wetland, where students added plants to boost diversity. 

 

North Georgetown Elementary School wetland habitat site before
Site 1: Before

 

North Georgetown Elementary School wetland habitat site-students getting instructions
Site 1: Ready to Plant

 

North Georgetown Elementary School wetland habitat site-students planting
Site1: Planting Day

North Georgetown Elementary School wetland habitat site-students mulching wetland plants
Site 1: After Planting - placing pine straw mulch

 

North Georgetown Elementary School second wetland habitat site before
Site 2: Prior Conditions

 

North Georgetown Elementary School second wetland habitat site before
Site 2: Before Planting

 


Page Jackson Elementary School

Location: Charles Town, WV

Type of Habitat: Freshwater Marsh

Installed: September 17, 2010

Area Size: 2,000 sq ft

Cost: $2,400

Supported by: PJES, Canaan Valley Institute, the National Park Service, Freedom’s Run, West Virginia University’s Health Sciences Center/Eastern Division, the state of West Virginia

Number of Students Involved: 500

Design: Environmental Concern & Page Jackson E.S.

Noteworthy: This school spent the summer transforming their entire campus from a standard grass filled area with the necessary buildings, parking areas and play spaces into an example of a healthy lifestyle area for the entire community.  The project included extensive walking trails, vegetable and butterfly gardens as well as the wetland that was built to slow and filter the runoff from the school and its parking lots.  All of the students from the school (ranging from preK-2nd grades) were able to participate in the planting.  To prepare for the planting day, the school decorated their hallways with wetland artwork to get everyone into the spirit of the project.

 

 

Page Jackson Elementary School - Before
Before

 

Page Jackson Elementary School - Dedication
Dedication Ceremony

 

Page Jackson Elementary School - Excavation
Excavating the wetland

 

Page Jackson Elementary School - Planting
Planting

 

Page Jackson Elementary School - Planting
Planting

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Location: St. Mary’s, MD

Type of Habitat: Rain Garden

Installed: October 16, 2010

Area Size: 1,000 sq ft

Cost:  $970

Supported by: St. Mary’s College

Number of Students Involved: 50

Design: Environmental Concern & St Mary’s College

Noteworthy: This is one of the many conservation landscaping projects that will be installed on the St. Mary’s Campus in the next few semesters.  This project took an existing catch basin and added native plants to beautify the area and provide habitat for local fauna.  Two community workshops were held to teach about rain gardens and the participants were able to participate in the planting process.  

St Mary's College - Before
Before

 

St Mary's College - After
After

 

St Mary's College - Planting
Planting

St Mary's College - Planting
Planting

St Mary's College Rain Garden in Spring
Rain Garden in Spring

 

 

 


 

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