New Schoolyard Habitat Projects Installed at Local Schools and a Community Garden

This year new habitat projects are being installed at local schools and one community garden that serves students thanks to funding from US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Schoolyard Habitat Program.  Laguna High School is a continuation high school that plans to integrate habitat and watershed restoration into environmental classes in hands-on and tangible ways. Wright Charter School (WCS) is a K-8 school serving 487 students from unincorporated Santa Rosa. The two-part project encompasses a total of 7,905 square feet, and is divided into two distinct areas; a rain garden/seasonal wetland, and a pollinator and songbird hedgerow. College Oak Montessori School (COMS) is a preschool serving 2 to 6 year-olds, which includes the kindergarten year. This project will create many new and exciting outdoor learning opportunities for our children; provide an outdoor classroom space where native plant and animal species can be better studied; as well as provide increased habitat for wildlife adjacent to College Creek, which runs along the north end of the property. Lastly, the Larkfield Community Garden is a collaborative land-based learning project utilizing a Sonoma County Regional Park as a site for an educational school garden. Community Soil Foundation is the lead organization coordinating this innovative mixed-use project in partnership with Mark West Union School District, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Occidental Arts and Ecology and the Department of health Services. The goals of the Larkfield Community Garden are to 1) increase the environmental literacy of the students, teachers and their families involved with this project, 2) engage the school communities in protecting and restoring the local habitat and 3) promote the development of lifelong stewards of place who are concerned about the environment and the health and economy of their community. Click here for more information on these projects.

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