FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2014
Evergreen Children’s Center is Certified a “Wild School Site”
Greene County School becomes 134th certified by the Division of Wildlife
BEAVERCREEK, OH – Evergreen Children’s Center was dedicated as an official WILD School Site (WSS) during a small recognition ceremony on April 30, 2014 according to ODNR Division of Wildlife. The school becomes the 134th site dedicated in Ohio.
After a morning of storytelling, face painting, making seed bombs and enjoying a snack, Evergreen Children’s Center became only the second school in Greene County to be certified as a WSS. The staff and students were then treated to a music and puppet show performance by Chris Rowlands. Chris is a naturalist for Aullwood Audubon Center.
Evergreen has performed projects to learn about and benefit from wildlife and the environment while enhancing habitat for wildlife. Director Jill Gordon is the driving force for the schools recognition as a Wild Site. With the help of school staff, Evergreen has insured that the outdoor playground areas were designed to include natural areas that the students helped develop and construct. Some of the highlights include a wooded area with trails, bird feeding station, salt lick, and natural play area. On Earth Day 2014 a local girl scout organized a tree planting ceremony for her service project. The staff and students planted a variety of trees to enhance the site.
As a Certified WILD School Site, Evergreen Children’s Center commits to a sustainable environmental education program that uses the school grounds as an outdoor classroom. It also signifies the schools commitment to maintain a place for wildlife within that program. Evergreen’s staff attended a Growing Up Wild (GUW) workshop to gain ideas on curriculum development and additional habitat projects for the school grounds.
The WILD School Sites program is considered an action extension of the national Project WILD program. Any school property used by students, teachers, and the school community as a place to learn about and benefit from wildlife and the environment can be certified. The sites function within the premise that every school, regardless of size and location, can provide outdoor educational opportunities that can and should be part of an integrated environmental education program. WILD School Sites that demonstrate program development and site enhancement consistent with the premises outlined in this program are eligible for certification as an official Ohio WILD School Site.
For more information about wildlife-related education programs in Ohio visit www.wildohio.com or call 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543).