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Schoolyard Habitat Success Stories


 

2011/2012 School Year

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum St Michaels, MD
Grasonville Elementary School Grasonville, MD
Environmental Concern St Michaels, MD
St. Michaels High School St Michaels, MD    
Millsboro Town Center Millsboro, DE    
 

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Location: St. Michael’s, MD

Type of Habitat: Marsh (brackish)

Installed: April 8, 2013

Area Size: 9,596 ft2

Supported by: Chesapeake Bay Trust and NOAA

Number of Students Involved: 50

Design: Environmental Concern

Noteworthy: The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Environmental Concern (EC) partnered to further replace old breakwaters along their waterfront facility with a living shoreline. This living shoreline project was implemented to help alleviate flood control issues plaguing the property and surrounding area. St. Michaels Middle High School students were invited to participate in an EC Living Shoreline Design Program and planting day. Fifty Environmental Science students rotated through a workshop that taught the concepts of living shoreline construction and plant selection. While working along-side EC’s Restoration Specialists, the students planted over 3,000 plants in the wetland area.

St Michaels High School students plant at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

St Michaels High School students plant at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

St Michaels High School students plant at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

St Michaels High School students plant at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

   

 

Grasonville Elementary School

Location: Grasonville, MD

Type of Habitat: Native Courtyard Habitat Garden

Installed: April 23, 2013

Area Size: 400 ft2

Cost: $2000

Supported by: Keep Maryland Beautiful

Number of Students Involved: 30

Design: Grasonville Elementary GRACIE Group

Noteworthy: In 2012, Grasonville Elementary School created a program called Grasonville Raises Awareness for Community Interactions with the Environment (GRACIE). Through their GRACIE program, academically successful 4th and 5th grade students are invited to participate in the club to lead their school in implementing green initiatives such as recycling, native species plantings, and creating oyster reefs to enhance oyster habitat in the Chesapeake Bay. Environmental Concern was contacted to assist in implementing a courtyard transformation project. Thirty 4th and 5th grade students planned and installed a 400 ft2 courtyard habitat native plant garden. Environmental Concern provided design programs for the students to create their garden design. EC’s Educators finalized the garden design and led the students in a spring planting day, installing over 120 plants.

Grasonville Elementary prior to planting

Grasonville Elementary after planting

Grasonville Elementary students planting courtyard

Grasonville Elementary students planting in courtyard

   

 

Environmental Concern

Location: St Michaels, MD

Type of Habitat: Rain Garden

Installed: April 26, 2013

Area Size: 1,200 ft2

Cost: $2,500

Supported by: Chesapeake Bay Trust

Number of Students Involved: 35

Design: Environmental Concern & Chesapeake Bay Trust Conservation Corps Volunteer

Noteworthy: In 2012-2013, Environmental Concern (EC) served as a host for a Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) Volunteer. “The Chesapeake Conservation Corps, is a program that provides service-learning opportunities and green job training for young people through environmental and energy conservation projects. This initiative, supported by the Trust, Constellation Energy, the National Park Service and the state of Maryland, pairs young adults with organizations that provide hands-on environmental, leadership, and technical training opportunities for a one-year term of service” (cbtrust.org). EC’s CCC Volunteer applied for an All Hands on Deck project grant to implement a Rain Garden Demonstration area on the campus. The goal of this project was to demonstrate a variety of habitat techniques that partners and visitors can apply on their own properties to improve the health of the Bay. Along with the educational goals, the rain garden also mitigated flooding issues related to an adjacent gravel walkway and parking area. The project was implemented as a full day event for the CCCV program. Twenty-five CCC Volunteers received professional training on how to design, develop, and implement rain gardens while planting the 1,200ft2 garden space. Environmental Concern Restoration Specialists finished off the garden with the installation of a wooden bridge.

Chesapeake Conservation Corps inverns install plants at EC Rain garden

Chesapeake Conservation Corps inverns install plants at EC Rain garden

Chesapeake Conservation Corps inverns install plants at EC Rain garden

Chesapeake Conservation Corps inverns install plants at EC Rain garden

   

 

St. Michael’s Middle High School

Location: St. Michaels, MD

Type of Habitat: Habitat Garden

Installed: April 29, 2013

Area Size: 200 ft2

Supported by: St. Michaels Middle High School

Number of Students Involved: 38

Design: St Michaels POSSE Group

Noteworthy:  St Michaels Middle High School POSSE Group partnered with Environmental Concern (EC) as a mentor to convert an area of lawn into a beautiful 200 ft2 native habitat garden. The POSSE Group is a group of Advanced Placement Environmental Science students working with local scientists and mentor organizations to implement a term research project. The POSSE group was able to complete the habitat using methods from POW! The Planning of Wetlands to guide them through the 12-step habitat installation project. 

 


 

Millsboro Town Center

Location: Millsboro, DE

Type of Habitat: Rain Garden

Installed: May 21, 2013

Area Size: 4,798 ft2

Cost: $3,000

Supported by: Delaware Center for Inland Bays

Number of Students Involved: 16

Noteworthy: Millsboro Town Hall was selected as an ideal location for three highly-visible demonstration rain gardens to educate the community about the habitat and water quality benefits that rain gardens provide. Sixteen volunteers, gathered by The Delaware Center for Inland Bays, participated in a Rain Garden Design Workshop and Planting Day. EC Educators presented a workshop about rain garden functions, their benefits, and how to design and implement them in the community. Directly after the workshop, participants installed two of the three planned rain garden habitats. Due to muddy conditions, volunteers came back for a second day of planting to install the third garden area.

Volunteers install plants at Millsboro Town Center Rain Garden


Millsboro Town Center Rain Garden
Millsboro Town Center Rain Garden
   

 

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