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Teacher Resource Center

Resources & Downloads

In this section we have assembled a collection of resources that other educators have found helpful when planning Schoolyard Habitats® sites.

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Online Resources

eNature®: The place for online field guides and more! Through its handy zip code-based guides, eNature can help you research native plants and animals for your region.

Kidzone: Visit Kidzone to find activities, educator resources, contests, games and more. This fun site offers resources for kids of all ages.

Yahooligans!®: Home of online field guides for kids! Based on the content-rich eNature field guides, Yahooligans! offers kid-friendly guides for elementary-aged students.

NWF Online Catalog: A one-stop-shop for all the great NWF resources you are looking for.

Print Resources and Tip Sheets

Schoolyard Habitats Certification Application
You and your students have done a great job on your habitat. Now it's time to certify your site! Complete this simple form and you are on your way. Click here to download the application.

Project and Disability-Related Resources
Looking for information on enviornmental education concepts or specific disability-issues? Want to learn more information about accessibile gardening or where to purchase tools? We’ve got that! Click here for additional information on these topics and more.

Acquiring Resources: Fundraising
Schoolyard Habitats projects do not require huge sums of money and can be brought to life without major expenditures. Click here to learn ways to go about acquiring needed resources.

Attracting Butterflies
Who doesn't love butterflies? The first step to attracting adult butterflies, lively and colorful additionals to any garden, is planting flowers with nutritious nectar. Click here to learn about plants that provide nectar and food sources throughout all stages of the butterfly lifecycle.

Habitat Certification Checklist
Looking for an easy way to keep track of your project progress? Click here to get a checklist that will walk you through the steps for creating Schoolyard Habitats.

Native Plants & Your Schoolyard Habitats Site
Native plans are the building blocks of all wildlife habitat. They thrive in their natural site without disrupting natural ecological processes, because they are best suited to the conditions of that site. They can also determine what kind of wildlife your habitat attracts. Click here for information about native plants.

Schoolyard Habitats Online Resources
From materials sources to listservs to classroom projects, the world wide web offers a host of information to help you plan and utilize your habitat site. Click here for a list of some of NWF’s favorite online resources.

Schoolyard Ponds for Wildlife
To support and sustain local wildlife, Schoolyard Habitats sites must include water, and an increasingly popular option is to install a pond. Click here for information that can help you determine if a pond is right for your habitat site. If you decide it is, you'll also find considerations for installing a pond.