NORWALK, Conn. -- Columbus Magnet School has been awarded a Schoolyard Habitat Grant from Audubon Connecticut, the first time the honor has been given to any school in Norwalk.
As a recipient of the award, the magnet school will now work with staff from Audubon Connecticut and Audubon Greenwich in creating a native habitat to support migratory songbirds, along with an outdoor classroom.
The grant will also provide teacher training to conduct common core, inquiry-based instruction outdoors.
The habitat will be located in the playground behind the magnet school, which is also home to the Rosa Parks Arboretum.
As part of the program, Columbus Magnet will also work with the Yale Peabody Museum on an interpretive sign for the habitat and classroom.
Audubon, in partnership with groups such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, works statewide on restoring wildlife habitats in schools, parks and other open spaces for migrating birds and other wildlife.
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