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ACTIVITY OF THE MONTH: WILDSCAPING
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BUILD A WILDSCAPE
AT YOUR SCHOOL!

WHAT YOU NEED:
Access To Water
Native Plants/Seeds
Fertilizer
Watering Cans
Shovels
Hand Towels

PASSPORT TO TEXAS STORIES:
Cool Weather Wildscaping
Wildlife Habitat
Earth & Wildlife Friendly Landscapes
Texas Plant Information

FUN IDEAS FOR KIDS:
Find Animal Tracks
Outdoor Kid Journal
Geocaching
Go Fish! Learn To Fish Events
Texas Outdoor Family Workshops
Neighborhood Fishin’ Lakes

WHAT EXPERTS SAY ABOUT:
The Benefits Of Nature Play

Wildscaping is a way for people to contribute to wildlife conservation by creating wildlife habitats where they live, work and play. Texas Wildscapes provide the essential ingredients for a variety of wildlife — food, water, shelter and space. Creating a ‘backyard habitat’ by replacing part of your lawn with native plants not only benefits wildlife, but it’s less expensive, easier to maintain, plus it is strategy for water conservation. Click here to check out which native plants will work in your area.

There are many resources out there to help start a wildscape at your child’s school, or in your neighborhood, such as this how-to guide and planning guide for schoolyards.

Once you have your wildscape ready, have it certified by the National Wildlife Federation and/or Texas Parks & Wildlife, and receive tips on how to keep up with your backyard habitat.

Want to see a wildscape come together firsthand? On November 12, 2011, starting at 8:00 a.m., John J. Pershing Elementary School in Dallas will hold an event recognizing the partners and volunteers making their garden a reality. Children, parents, teachers and community volunteers will come together to install a state-of-the-art learning garden in partnership with REAL School Gardens. The learning garden includes features proven effective for teaching across curriculum, boosting academic success, health literacy and pro-social development.

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