Nicole Nelson, Schoolyard Habitat: Butterfly Garden

School space with lawn and tree

For students who attend schools in urban neighborhoods, they do not get a lot of exposure to nature and the life that happens outside of concrete walls. In Oxon Hill, Maryland, Nicole Nelson launched the Schoolyard Habitat: Butterfly Garden at a public Montessori school to allow students to be caretakers of the environment. The overarching goals of this project are to raise students’ consciousness on being the Earth’s caretaker as well as giving them a greater sense of appreciation for the environment.

Through this project students will transform the school courtyard into an educational environment where they will be able to partake in planting and maintaining native plants. The student-maintained garden will be in line with the school’s philosophy of compassion, equality and teamwork. The space will serve as a living laboratory where teachers and students alike can engage, study and observe nature in its natural habitat.

To learn more about the school site and project, visit their website.

GRANT AWARD DATE: December 1, 2015