Habitat Restoration Ideas and Resources
Areas of the school grounds and/or nearby community are managed to enhance ecological integrity that has been diminished by human activity.
- Although the built environment is the primary landscape feature, some effort has been made to increase green space.
- Native plantings around the school flag pole offer an example of the beauty of xeriscaping.
- Some school grounds and /or local habitats are inventoried and enhanced.
- Students begin researching the ecological history of their campus.
- Students plant, maintain and monitor a butterfly or other native plant garden.
- Small scale habitat projects are ongoing that emphasize native and migratory species and ecosystems.
- Significant effort is made to plan for larger habitat improvement projects on the campus or within the community,
- Schools work with local community to tie school grounds efforts to other land and habitat conservation projects.
- School grounds are a thriving habitat with plants and animal visitors monitored and identified by students,
- Students participate in restoration projects through partnerships with community.
- US Green Building Council Center for Green Schools, NC Chapter Environmental Stewardship Challenge - receive seed money and a mentor and participate in one or more categories to make your school more sustainable! (Mentors available in most counties)
- Green Schoolyards America- resources to transform school grounds into dynamic places for learning, play and nature
- Wildlife Education Centers - North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC)
- North Carolina Land Trust Map - NCWRC
- Field Guide to Invasive Aquatic and Wetland Plants - Sea Grant of North Carolina (SCNC)
- NC State Wildlife Action Plan - NCWRC
- Protected Wildlife Species of NC - NCWRC
- NC 17 River Basins Map - NCWRC
- NC Habitat Types and Wildlife Chart - NCWRC
- Wildlife Volunteering Opportunities - NCWRC
- North Carolina Stream Restoration Guidebook - SCNC & NC Stream Restoration Institute
- Creating Schoolyard Habitats - US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)