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Schools are an extremely important part of the Community Habitat Project™. Not only does Fayetteville receive extra points toward community certification status for each schoolyard habitat that is certified, but these properties provide the most valuable educational opportunities as well.
Schoolyard Habitats serve as living laboratories where teachers and their students have an opportunity to engage in hands-on learning experiences which bring classroom curriculum to life and spark a sense of stewardship for the natural world.
To become certified as a Schoolyard Habitats site, a school must fulfill the same requirements as any other Certified Wildlife Habitat, but because schools have special development, use and maintenance needs, a volunteer Habitat Steward™ will be assigned to assist interested schools through the process of implementing and maintaining their Schoolyard Habitat.
To certify your Schoolyard Habitat, read the Schoolyard Habitats Planning Guide online at www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife and contact Fayetteville Schoolyard Habitat Steward, Cindi Cope at (479) 521-0934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.