The Eco-Schools Program is based on a global initiative that seeks to engage students through a systems-thinking lens to apply learning to effect change toward environmental sustainability through thoughtful activities and actions, building economic awareness, environmental responsibility, and civic engagement with an objective to cultivate meaningful, lasting relationships with the community.
Arizona EPA Grant Program
Twelve schools in Arizona have been selected to be part of the Arizona Eco-School Pilot Program in collaboration with Arizona Association of Conservation Districts (AACD), Arizona Association for Environmental Education (AAEE), Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF), and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The pilot program is funded by an EPA grant for Environmental Education.
Students at Maryland Elementary School in Phoenix are celebrating National Farm to School Month for the month of October. Members of the Eco-Schools Garden Club
National Wildlife Federation Naturalist and author of “Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife,” David Mizejewski shares everything you need to know to create and enhance beautiful habitats in your own yard. For more information on gardening for wildlife in your community, visit: nwf.org/garden
“Owls are not nest builders,” says Beth Mendelsohn, a biologist at the institute. “So we encourage homeowners not to remove dead trees or snags so owls can nest inside them.” That’s especially helpful for larger species such as barred owls. Smaller ones, including screech and barn owls, will be quite comfortable in a simple wooden nesting box that you can buy or build. Position it on a large tree 10 to 20 feet above the ground and away from the glow of exterior lights.
Flying Flowers Butterfly Garden hosted a Butterfly & Wildlife Festival at the River of Time Museum on Thursday, November 14th, 2019. The event informed attendees about the NWF Mayors’ Monarch Pledge that Mayor Ginny Dickey recently signed.
Through the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, U.S. cities, municipalities, and other communities are committing to create habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators, and to educate residents about how they can make a difference at home and in their community.