We’re so glad you’re interested in our WILD Spaces program.
A 'wild space' can be anything from a patch of milkweed to a professionally designed garden. You can create one in your schoolyard, or anywhere you have permission within your community. We will be happy to provide you with all the information you will need to begin.
- Enthusiasm! While most of the program is self-guided by the students, it’s important that teachers or leaders are willing to help create a wild space with their group. But do ask for help. You can round-up volunteers from the community or get the entire school to help out.
- Access to the internet. Part of the program takes place through an online-learning environment — an exciting and effective new way for kids to learn and interact. Children can work individually or in small groups that can easily share a computer screen. There is also a section for teachers on the platform so you can follow along and find all of the resources you’ll need.
- Access to printers. Occasionally there are activities that will need printing.
- Access to cameras. We will ask you and your students to visually document and share parts of the process. Tablet and device cameras are just fine.
- Plants, tools, compost and other items to create habitat. Don’t worry, you can do this with a small budget. Consider asking for plant donations from parents or local businesses. Ask volunteers and teachers to bring in garden tools from home. Try raising funds through a bake sale. See if there are any special offers at your local plant nursery. Or apply for community funding.
- Time indoors. Roughly an hour per activity is needed for students to participate through the online learning environment. This time is very flexible; for example you can do 30 minutes one week and two hours the next.
- Time outdoors. You will need to set aside some extra time in the latter half of May to create or add to the wild space. You can plan on setting aside anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of afternoons to complete the task. Consider how many children will be involved and how many volunteers are available. Are you starting a wild space from scratch or do you have an existing garden you can enhance? Plan accordingly.
- Garden maintenance. Following the wild space installation, a bit of outdoor maintenance will be needed each week too.
- Waivers and release forms. Once the program starts, we will need you to approve a couple of waivers on behalf of your classroom. These will be available through the online learning environment.