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3rd Grade Gardening

National Wildlife Federation Certifies New Schoolyard Habitat at Academy at the Lakes

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased to recognize that Academy at the Lakes has successfully created a Certified Schoolyard Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program.

Academy has joined with over 5,000 schools nationwide that have transformed their schoolyards into thriving wildlife habitats that provide essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young. The habitat also serves as an outdoor education site where students can engage in cross-curricular learning in a hands-on way.

Certification also makes your Certified Wildlife Habitat® part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to restore critical habitat for pollinators.

NWF’s Garden for Wildlife program encourages responsible gardening that helps pollinators and other wildlife thrive. It encourages planting with native species like milkweed and discouraging chemical pesticide use.

“Our 4th graders are beginning a great tradition,” said Kathy Heller, Interim Lower Division Director said. “Not only have our students earned certification for the current habitat as part of their hands-on investigations in biology, but they have plans in motion that will make it possible for next year’s 4th Graders to continue the process.”

Mrs. Grifo’s Garden is the very first installment of an ongoing environmental stewardship project for Academy’s Lower Division, and Mrs. Jenni Jorski’s science class has led the way.