DATE: May 1, 2012
The hand-painted mural at the new Planeteer Certified Wildlife Garden at Forest Hills Elementary School in Coral Springs.
CONTACT: Diana Guidry, NatureScape Broward
NatureScape Broward recently joined students, parents, teachers and community partners in celebrating the groundbreaking of Forest Hills Elementary School’s new Planeteer Certified Wildlife Garden in Coral Springs.
The Planeteer Certified Wildlife Garden will serve as an outdoor learning lab, helping to raise environmental awareness and engage children in outdoor hands-on learning activities that will nurture their appreciation of nature. The garden includes native and wildlife-attracting plants, a hand-painted mural, rain barrel, birdbath, seating and pathways.
NatureScape Broward promotes Florida-friendly landscapes that conserve water, protect water quality and create wildlife habitat. In partnership with the School Board of Broward County, NatureScape Broward provides staff development and classroom training in a wide variety of subjects related to our area’s natural history, ecosystems and natural resources. With funding support from the South Florida Water Management District, NatureScape Broward was able to provide plants such as Coontie, Corky-stemmed Passionvine and Firebush for the new garden.
The garden at Forest Hills Elementary School will be certified as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Schoolyard Habitat by providing food, water, cover, places for wildlife to raise their young and help to advance the city of Coral Springs in their efforts to be certified as a NWF Community Wildlife Habitat.
Principal Barbara Rothman introduced special guests, including, District 4 Broward County School Board member Donna P. Korn, School Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and Coral Springs Mayor Roy Gold to the ceremonies.
For more information on this event or NatureScape Broward, call Diana Guidry at 954-519-0317 or visit broward.org/NaturalResources/Naturescape. NatureScape Broward is a program of the Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division.