Greetings! We hope you have as much fun with this kit as we did putting it together. It’s filled with ideas and simple instructions to get you started on a Habitat 2020 project today. We’re sure you’ll find the theme challenging and fascinating for students and teachers alike.
Helpful hints for teachers
- Work together with your students to choose just the right project. Don’t try to tackle something too physically demanding.
- Paint a clear picture of what to expect. Some projects take a long time before benefits start to show.
- Be persistent! Your project may not turn out as planned, but it will still be a valuable learning experience. Record your observations and carry on!
- Choose a project that you can carry out in stages over a school year or over a two- or three-year period. Get written permission from parents, landowners, or other appropriate sources before beginning any work.
- Feel free to photocopy any part of this kit for classroom use.
- Your project can be large or small. Wildlife will benefit from almost anything you do to improve habitat, and so will all of us!
- If you do any planting, check with your area bylaws inspector to make sure none of the plants are classified as noxious weeds.
Play it safe!
- Brief your students fully about planned activities. Remind parents with a note. Their youngsters may need proper footwear, extra clothing, hats, insect repellent, sunscreen, or lunches.
- A buddy system is a good idea. Older students or adult volunteers can also contribute to your safety and fun.
- Be extra careful if you’re working in a forest or near water.
- Small groups work best.
- For outings, remember a simple first-aid kit with bandages, antiseptic cream, and so on.