Check these web sites for lots of useful information about starting and maintaining a schoolyard garden.
From Kids Gardening.org
By creating a garden that attracts a range of pollinators, students can provide vital oases amidst seas of buildings and concrete. They can, in turn, use these living laboratories to explore plants, animal visitors, and the ways in which the threads of life connect. Here are some general guidelines for cultivating gardens that appeal to these important plant partners.
Green Thumb Challenge
From the Green Education Foundation
The Green Education Foundation (GEF) provides gardening instructions; checklists for school approvals; plot location guidelines; container garden suggestions; funding resources; garden plans, vegetable and flower suggestions; and more. In addition, GEF is calling on schools and youth groups nationwide to plant 10,000 classroom and outdoor gardens – the largest youth gardening initiative in history!
From the National Wildlife Federation and Prince William Network
Explore this web site to learn about habitat and for a wealth of information how to create an accessible wildlife habitat site, or outdoor classroom, right in your own schoolyard!
School Garden Wizard
From the U.S. Botonic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden
Gardening and plant-based learning open a door to discovery of the living world. It stimulates even as it focuses and calms. Within the school environment, a garden offers an unparalleled platform to help kids achieve learning goals in ways that are recommended by the National Science Standards and most state and local educational bodies. This web site includes sections on: making the case for a garden, planning for success, creating the garden, learning in the garden, and keeping it growing.
From the Texas Agricultural Extension Service's 4-H Association
This web site also offers advice and a step-by-step guide.
Schoolyard Habitat: Stewardship Through Action
http://www.fws.gov/chesapeakebay/schoolyd.html and http://www.fws.gov/chesapeakebay/pdf/habitatguide.pdf
From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a guide to provide the basic steps needed to restore or create wildlife habitat. It is designed so that students complete several tasks that will lead to establishing a forest, meadow or wetland on school grounds. The projects can range in size from a small 20’ by 20’ area to an acre or more. These steps were developed from the experiences of several schools that have completed similar projects. The process incorporates critical thinking and decision-making skills while challenging students in reading, writing, science, mathematics and language arts.
From the National Wildlife Federation
To help reconnect today's children to the outdoors, the National Wildlife Federation assists schools in developing outdoor classrooms called Schoolyard Habitats®, where educators and students learn how to attract and support local wildlife. These wildlife habitats become places where students not only learn about wildlife species and ecosystems, but also outdoor classrooms where they hone their academic skills and nurture their innate curiosity and creativity. For worksheets and how-to instructions, go to http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife/Schoolyard-Habitats/Create/How-To-Guide.aspx.