Macungie, PA– (6/2/17) – The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased that Lower Macungie Middle School (LMMS) has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program.
NWF celebrates these efforts to create a garden that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.
This Certified Wildlife Habitat® garden is now also part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to create a million gardens that provide habitat for declining pollinator insects, like butterflies and bees.
“Since 1973, more than 200,000 wildlife gardeners have joined NWF’s Garden for Wildlife movement and these individuals have helped restore wildlife habitat right in their own yards and neighborhoods,” said David Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. “Whether you garden in a suburban yard, an apartment balcony or a 10-acre farm, a schoolyard or a business park, everyone can create a home for local wildlife. Turning your space into a Certified Wildlife Habitat is fun, easy and makes a real difference for neighborhood wildlife,” he added.
After studying populations and ecosystems, the Lower Macungie Grade 6 Science class redesigned the school courtyard creating a habitat of native plants to attract birds and butterflies. “Redesigning the courtyard to make it more inviting to wildlife not only gives the students an authentic, culminating STEM project to experience, but also provides an outdoor classroom for all students in the school to enjoy”, states Dr. Susan Noack, Grade 6 Science Teacher. “We very much want to thank Mrs. Suzanne Vincent, Principal, and Mr. Steve Onushco, East Penn Director of Facilities, as well as all of the parents and staff who donated plants and feeders for their support in this project. The students worked very hard to earn this certification and celebrated with the unveiling of the sign and certificate and enjoying an ice cream party!”