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Creating Habitat Sites

Site Accessibility

When creating a Schoolyard Habitats® site, it is important to consider the needs of people as well as wildlife, including people with disabilities. At the start of the planning process, create a universal design by adding accessible elements to the habitat design that will enhance the usability of the space for all people (i.e., students and educators with disabilities, senior citizens, parents with strollers, etc.).

Of course, the size and location of your habitat (as well as the budget) will impact what is reasonable for the site. You will find that many of the suggestions found in the Schoolyard Habitats Accessibility Guidelines are low cost and easily implemented. Click here to access those guidelines now.

Accessible Pathway

The site design plan should include all accessible elements. If some items are not possible in the original construction due to budget constraints, make sure to start with pathways and other basics to assure immediate accessibility. Add accessible elements such as benches into the long-range development of the wildlife habitat site.

Note: If the habitat site is developed at a public or government facility or the project funding comes from federal, state, or local government sources, the site must be accessible to people with disabilities.