Upcoming Austin Event: Tour the New Demonstration Wildlife Habitat

from Wildlife Promise

Join the National Wildlife Federation in celebrating the new Rocks to Roots demonstration wildlife habitat and outdoor classroom in Austin!

Making Space for Wildlife in Schoolyards

A fox similar to the one in this photo has been seen roaming the new Rocks to Roots demonstration wildlife habitat in Austin. [Photo: USFWS]

A fox similar to the one in this photo has been seen roaming the new Rocks to Roots demonstration wildlife habitat in Austin. [Photo: USFWS]

Gardening for wildlife begins this month encouraging and celebrating those who make a difference for wildlife in their own yards.

Whether you are a private landowner, a community, a business or a school, all certified habitats must incorporate the four elements of habitat: food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young. In 1996, the Schoolyard Habitats® program was created to meet the growing interest and distinct needs of schools and school districts in creating and restoring wildlife habitat on school grounds.

Thanks to hard work from committed volunteers and NWF supporters, we are nearing completion of the Rocks to Roots demonstration wildlife habitat and outdoor classroom on the grounds of Austin Independent School District’s Science and Health Resource Center.

Schoolyard habitats offer benefits to wildlife as well as students. Wildlife habitats such as the one in Austin can become places where students not only learn about wildlife species and natural areas, but the habitat can also serve as a place where schoolchildren nurture their innate curiosity and creativity.

Tour the New Demonstration Wildlife Habitat in Austin!

If you live near Austin, Texas, join us Thursday, May 16 at 5:30pm for the ribbon cutting ceremony and a tour of the new wildlife habitat and outdoor classroom that will serve as a model and training center on schoolyard habitats for Central Texas schools.

Come for food, fun and wildlife sightings as you stroll the grounds of the demonstration habitat and outdoor classroom. Perhaps you will spot the elusive fox seen roaming the habitat!

RSVP for an evening at the new demonstration wildlife habitat!

habitatEvent Details

What: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the demonstration wildlife habitat and outdoor classroom at the Austin Independent School District

When: May 16, 2013, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where: Austin Independent School District’s Science and Health Resource Center, 305 North Bluff Drive, Austin, TX 78745. (map)

Please RSVP to let us know you can attend!