Bringing Biodiversity into the Schoolyard
Biodiversity is the wondrous variety of livings things that we have on our planet-the greater the variety, the more stable the environment. Biodiversity in the schoolyard not only promotes a healthy natural world, it also provides a plethora of learning opportunities for your students.
FortWhyte Alive, in conjunction with Manitoba Education for Sustainable Development, provides resources designed to help educators and schools to create more space for teaching, learning and exploring a natural ecosystem in the schoolyard.
Each of the following pamphlets contains information and plans for the projects as well as curriculum-based activities that can be done in the schoolyear. The focus is pre-school to Grade 6.
- Planning your Naturescape
- Building a Butterfly Garden
- Natural Playspaces
- Outdoor Composting with Insert
- Attracting Songbirds
- Creating Bird Habitat
- Outdoor Classrooms
- Three Sisters Garden
- Wildflower Gardens with Insert
Certify your Schoolyard!
FortWhyte would like to recognize schools that have made efforts in bringing biodiversity into the schoolyard through our Naturescape certification program.
Download the Naturescape for Educators Checklist and fill out the form.
Attach at least 5 photos of the schoolyard.
Completed forms can be:
- Faxed: (204) 895-4700
- Mailed: 1961 McCreary Rd. Winnipeg, MB. R3P 2K9
Benefits of Certification:
- A FREE curriculum-linked FortWhyte Alive field trip for one classroom from your school (transportation not included)
- A certified Naturescape Schoolyard garden sign
- One free birdhouse from the FortWhyte Nature Shop
Supporting Your Project
Naturescaping your schoolyard can take time and money to master but don’t let that deter you. There are resources available to support your school with your greening project. The new environmental and sustainability focus in education and our community has spurred many new grants and funding opportunities, and there are organizations that are willing to help with the hands-on parts too.
- Manitoba Department of Education: Education for Sustainable Development
(over 11 different granters listed)
- Manitoba Education/Manitoba Hydro Grants for Education for Sustainable Development
- Manitoba Hydro Forest Enhancement Program
- Manitoba Eco-Network
- The Home Depot Canada Foundation – The Rebuilding Nature Grant Program
- Evergreen Grants
- WWF-Canada – Green Community School Grants Program