2009 is the year to honor connections among the plants and wildlife in our schoolyards and our parks. Each place is threaded by relationships - butterflies feast on the nectar of wildflowers, birds eat seeds and spread them, and other organisms turn waste back into soil and nutrients.
Among the humans who enjoy plants, birds, and insects, there are connections as well.
For example, Audubon has a downloadable poster (11x17) of a schoolyard alive with birds.
The National Wildlife federation has a schoolyard habitat program with many useful resources. Their book Schoolyard Habitats: A How-to Guide for K-12 School Communities is essential reading.
Several projects at large and small schools have been supported by the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education program. Read their success stories here.