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Breaking Ground - Biodiversity in the Schoolyard

In recent times there has been an increased interest in trying to educate students about our natural world. With modern urbanization, exposing youth to nature has become increasingly more difficult and challenging. Breaking Ground - Biodiversity in the Schoolyard has been provided by the staff of the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden as a way to help teachers and educators 'enhance' their school property to allow wildlife to move back into the area, making it possible to move the classroom to the 'outside' environment; in essence, bringing wildlife to the students. This resource guide will provide a variety of techniques and projects that may be employed to help enhance the school ground for wildlife.

Breaking Ground Resource Manual (PDF)

The following are select pages from the Breaking Ground Resource Manual:

Backyard Bird Feeding (PDF)

The Log Pile as a Butterfly Shelter (PDF)

Plants for Attracting Wildlife to a Schoolyard (PDF)

School Grounds Design Checklist (PDF)

Useful Online Resources (PDF)

Useful Print Resources (PDF)

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through the Department of the Environment (EcoAction Community Funding Program).