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Are you interested in building a wildlife-friendly habitat on your school grounds, one that can encourage interdisciplinary learning and improve the school's sense of community? If so, you should consider attending the "2014 Schoolyard Habitat Workshop" hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the University Sustainability Practices at ASU (Greening maroon and gold).

Participants of the workshop will learn about the current Heritage Fund grants that can provide up to $10,000 for the development of a schoolyard habitat. They will have the opportunity to visit multiple schoolyard habitats and hear directly from individuals who have successfully applied for and received the grants; constructed and maintained the habitats; and implemented effective instruction using the habitat.

Although participation in the workshop is not a requirement for grant funding, it will be a valuable experience for anyone who has considered building a schoolyard habitat.

The "2014 Schoolyard Habitat Workshop" will take place on Saturday, August 16 from 9:00am until 12:00pm. Participants will meet at Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee. From there, we will visit at least two more habitats before heading inside to hear from experts and to answer questions. Transportation between habitats will not be provided. Participants will need to be able to transport themselves to the various locations.

Public school teachers, administrators or parents who work closely with Arizona public schools are encouraged to attend.

The workshop is free. However, space is limited and registration is required. Registration does not guarantee participation. Spots will be filled on a "first to register" basis. If all spots are filled, additional registrations will be added to a waiting list. All accepted participants will receive additional details as we get closer to the program.

To register, click here.

Please be aware that the registration form was created through Google Forms. It is possible that it may be blocked by some firewalls. If you have trouble registering, please contact Eric Proctor at eproctor@azgfd.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I am so thankful for grant programs like the Heritage Grant because it helped my dream become a reality. The schoolyard habitat has brought real world, hands-on learning to our school. It will continue to help students become aware of their environment and the need to conserve resources." - Julia Goucher, 4th grade teacher

"I can't say how much it has made an impact in Arizona schools, where budgets have been so tight." - Mike Trimble, high school biology teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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