4-H Schoolyard Habitats Outreach


Team up with K-12 school communities to spark wonder and curiosity about nature, elevate environmental literacy, and inspire emerging decision makers.


Engage K-12 students in outdoor experiential activities and authentic earth stewardship on school grounds during school and beyond.


Empower and equip K-12 teachers to weave outdoor activities and experiences into and across the curriculum.


  • Recruit and provide guidance and support to local community volunteers who are excited about the mission of this program. (Volunteer opportunities exist to fit any schedule.)
  • Assist teachers with hands-on learning activities that draw students outdoors for nature observation, inquiry, journaling, stewardship, art, critical thinking, crowdsourced data recording, problem-solving, fitness, systems thinking, mindfulness practices, etc.
  • Facilitate teacher access to guest speakers, field equipment, grants, and program resources.
  • Advise and assist school communities with development and stewardship of their school’s native plant habitat and outdoor classroom spaces.
  • Champion innovative community relationships amongst schools, PTA/PTSA/PTO’s, Extension Master Gardeners, Virginia Master Naturalists, student groups, and other agents of change.

Article - Connecting Kids with Nature: Poquoson Elementary School’s Learning Garden

Contact us via email at  SchoolyardHabitatsOutreach@gmail.com

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