NORWALK, Conn. -- The Columbus Magnet School in South Norwalk has received a grant from Greenwich of Audubon to improve the playground by developing a Habitat, and an outdoor learning area.
The school has been chosen as a 2015-16 partner school in the Schoolyard Habitat program and will work with staff from Audubon Connecticut and Audubon Greenwich in creating native habitat to support migratory songbirds and an outdoor classroom.
The grant also offers teacher training to conduct common core, inquiry-based instruction outside.
Integrating the curriculum into an outdoor learning experience has proven to increase test scores and improves mental and physical health.
The Habitat is located in the playground behind Columbus Magnet School which is also home to the Rosa Parks Arboretum.
Audubon, in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other partners work statewide on restoring wildlife habitat in schools, parks and other open space for migrating birds and other wildlife.
The habitat at Columbus Magnet will join a network of habitats across Connecticut that provide habitat for migrating songbirds and other wildlife, improve human and watershed health, revitalize neighborhoods, increase knowledge about Long Island Sound and engage communities in conservation action.
Also as part of the grant, Columbus Magnet will work with the Yale Peabody Museum on an interpretive sign for their habitat and outdoor classroom.
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