Get in the Habitat-Making Habit!

A lot of schools look like concrete castles surrounded by a sea of asphalt.
This can be great for playing B-ball or grinding on your skateboard but not exactly ideal for those wishing for greener pastures.  The animals that lived on the land before the school was built probably feel the same way!

habitat building tree planting

So why not invite them back? Just grab a teacher and get started on the invitations! Instead of cards, you’re going to need something a little different. A habitat creation project involves building bat and birdhouses, bird feeders, a native plant garden, or maybe all of these things!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • For gardens: soil, compost or mulch; native plants, shrubs or trees (animals like them to be familiar, so use local plants); gardening tools, gardening gloves, water.
  • For bird feeders, bird houses and bat boxes: wood, empty pop bottles, glue, screws, nails, hammers, screwdrivers or a drill, paint, paint brushes, sandpaper, pencils, wooden dowels, wood saw etc.

Getting Started:

  • First, you’ll need to decide whether you want to create a spanking new habitat or restore an old habitat and how big it will be (remember, you can always expand on it later).
  • Figure out where to create your habitat, and get permission.
  • Decide on the purpose of your habitat, for example do you want to create a garden to attract butterflies, or a shelter for birds or bats?
  • Make a list of the materials you’ll need and start gathering them.
  • You may be able to borrow materials from parents and teachers, or have a fundraiser to raise money for supplies.
  • You might also be able to get some items donated. For example, the local gardening store might be happy to give you seeds for your garden.

Garden Projects

  • Choose native plants and flowers that will attract the species you want. For example, milkweed attracts butterflies.
  • Check out our article on creating a water efficient garden here.

Bat Boxes

  • This project is for schoolyards within 400 metres of water, bats need to drink!
  • Ask a teacher to help you out. Check out Hinterland Who’s Who for instructions.
Earth Rangers is a non-profit organization that works to inspire and educate children about the environment. At kids can play games, discover amazing facts, meet animal ambassadors and fundraise to protect biodiversity.
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  1. Green Bean
    Ranger5692962 says:

    every body plant a tree

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  2. Green Bean
    Ranger5692962 says:

    we should raise money for all the animals.

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    Rating: 3.8/5 (4 votes cast)
  3. New Bee
    Ranger5693100 says:

    that is soooooooooo sad! I think that taking away animal’s homes is just wrong!:(

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  4. Green Bean
    Ranger5693708 says:

    we should all care for these animals!!!!

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  5. Tree Hugger
    kylie and emily says:

    I rased money for ospca

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  6. New Bee
    Ranger5693869 says:

    poor animals i feel sorry for them we are destroying the animals properties lets team up and stop the destruction! whos with me!!!

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  7. New Bee
    TylerD says:

    i’m going build some bird houses

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  8. New Bee
    LittleLilz says:

    I love timber and her friends and I made a whole bunch of stuff and made a assembly at school all about it

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  9. New Bee
    puppymonster says:

    i love animals tooo! me and my cousin found two kittens& their parents
    their soo cute and this is so sad because a old lady saw one of the poor little kitten in the tree meowing and it fell out of the tree and hit a rock really hard on its back so me and my cousin are trieng to find homes for them

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  10. New Bee
    Ranger5695987 says:

    I’m very happy we all decided to help these amazing animals :D

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