Morristown, NJ– May 20th, 2019– National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased to recognize that Unity Charter School in Morristown, NJ has successfully created a Certified Schoolyard Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. Unity has joined with over 5,000 schools nationwide that have transformed their schoolyards into thriving wildlife habitats that provides essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young. The habitat also serves as an outdoor education site where students can engage in cross-curricular learning in a hands-on way.

Certification also makes your Certified Wildlife Habitat® part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to restore critical habitat for pollinators.

“We are excited to have another school join our growing list of more than 5,000 certified Schoolyard Habitats. Kids can now personally experience nature through hands-on learning in an outdoor environment,” said Liz Soper, Director of K-12 Programs for National Wildlife Federation.

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“At Unity Charter School, our focus on sustainability makes us unique because Education for Sustainability isn’t a class or a project.  It’s infused in our entire curriculum, said Jennifer Carcich, Academic Interventionist and Sustainability Coordinator.  “As a teacher, we are excited to be able to provide hands-on learning opportunities for our students in an outdoor setting, which is a priority for us,” she went on to share.

NWF’s Garden for Wildlife program encourages responsible gardening that helps pollinators and other wildlife thrive. It encourages planting with native species like milkweed and discouraging chemical pesticide use. With nearly 200,000 locations and growing, NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitats and Community Wildlife Habitats recognize individuals, schools, groups and whole communities committed to providing habitat for wildlife, including pollinators. Each of the nearly 200,000 certified locations provides food, water, cover and places to raise young. This makes yards, schools, businesses, places of worship, campuses, parks, farms and other community-based landscapes into wildlife sanctuaries. For more information on gardening for wildlife and details on how an entire community can become certified, visit www.nwf.org/habitat or call 1-800-822-9919.

For more National Wildlife Federation news, visit: www.nwf.org/news. National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.