ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLYARD HABITAT PROJECTS:
Bay Area CREEC is here to connect Bay Area teachers with the highest quality Environmental Education Resources available. http://www.creec.org/region4/
Calflora Database is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information about California plant biodiversity for use in Education, Research and Conservation. http://www.calflora.org/ (This is different than our local CalFlora Nursery)
Information on bee keeping in urban areas, rooftop hives.
Robert MacKimmie, Robert@citybees.com
Home Ground Habitat Nursery/Nancy Bauer
A non-profit native plant nursery and link to Author Nancy Bauer
Kathy Biggs, Sebastopol, local Dragonfly expertise
Las Pilitas Nursery– Excellent website, lots of information including mynativeplants.com, a website where you can search natives by zipcode. http://www.laspilitas.com
National Wildlife Federation-Schoolyard Habitat Program– help reconnect today’s children to the outdoors, the National Wildlife Federation assists schools in developing outdoor classrooms called Schoolyard Habitats®, where educators and students learn how to attract and support local wildlife. http://http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Outdoor-Activities/Garden-for-Wildlife/Schoolyard-Habitats.aspx
Native Plant Society, Milo Baker Chapter Increase understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants, and to preserve them and their natural habitats for future generations. Membership is open to all. Meets the third Tuesday of each month http://www.cnpsmb.org/
North American Association for Environmental Education http://www.naaee.net//
US Fish and Wildlife Services- Schoolyard Habitat Program helps teachers and students create wildlife habitat at their own schools. Typical projects include: wetlands, meadows, forests and variations based on specific eco regions. Links to Schoolyard Habitat Guide pdf. http://www.fws.gov/cno/conservation/schoolyard.cfm
707 228 6998
Artist Bio:Local environmental artist Sherry Gibson lives and works at Laguna Farm in Sebastopol. She is the past teacher and director of Earth Camp and has many years of experience working with children in the natural environment. Sherry has a passion for working with natural materials and in particular for the wonderful willow family. Sherry’s most recent projects included re-building the willow arbor and the fairy hut at Salmon Creek School.
The Xerces Society
The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. For forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains an excellent list of how to attract and support 13 bird species through nest boxes: http://migratorybirds.fws.gov/pa mphlet/pamplets.html
Bat Conservation International provides detailed plans on its website for constructing bat boxes, bat conservation issues. Videos, books, and many other resources can also be ordered online: www.batcons.org
The North American Bluebird Society provides thorough information about bluebirds and supporting local populations through bluebird boxes: www.nabluebirdsociety.org