Getting Kids Outdoors, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Michigan Green Schools, Polly’s Planting and Plucking, and local teachers joined together to explore options for creating a unique outdoor landscape project with students. Kim Buntin from Polly’s Planting and Plucking led a wonderful tour, sharing tips on getting started with schoolyard habitats that promote outdoor learning. Thanks also to Heather Rawlings, Biologist, US Fish & Wildlife Service for her presentation on Schoolyard Habitats. And a big thanks to Getting Kids Outdoors Advisory Board member Maureen Stine, for organizing this workshop and sharing information on Michigan Green Schools & Green Works grant opportunities, as well as Michigan Environmental Ed. Curriculum Support (MEECS) information.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the next Getting Kids Outdoors Community Workshop(date to be announced) in June with Molly Baker from The Outfitter. She will be sharing ideas for being “Lakeful” – using Lake Michigan and local inland lakes to integrate subjects within school curriculum to encourage a sense of place.