Workshops: Learn to establish and teach in schoolyard habitats

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CONCORD, NH — Educators and community members who see the educational potential in under-utilized spaces around schoolyards are invited to participate in a workshop series designed to maximize outdoor places and provide authentic learning experiences, scientific inquiry, and hands-on minds-on interdisciplinary learning. Planning resources will be provided to help guide projects, and participants may register for just one or both workshops. Cost is $40 for one day or $70 for both days.

Part I of the series, What Can I Do at My School? will be held on Saturday, March 16 at the Gilmanton School, 1386 New Hampshire Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works. Attendees will examine the steps for carrying out a project, practice conducting a school site assessment, learn how to map their schoolyard, and generate ideas for enhancing their sites. Examples of successful schoolyard habitat projects will be incorporated into the presentation. Programming begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.

Part II of the series, How Do I Plan My Project? will be held on Saturday, March 30 at NH Audubon’s McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm Rd., Concord. Attendees will develop a plan for their own schoolyard, including goal setting and objectives, learn how to engage both students and community in planning and design, and how to identify suitable native plants and other local resources. Programming begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m.

This is a joint project of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NH Audubon, and NH Project Learning Tree. To learn more and to register for the workshop visit NH Project Learning Tree’s website at www.nhplt.org or contact Hilary Chapman at hchapman@nhaudubon.org.