In the late 1990’s the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) began to develop a Schoolyard Habitat program. Since then it has grown from a regional idea into a national program with a full range of training and funding support. At the most basic level, the SYH program gives teachers a highly developed tool to take their science, math, and nature curriculum into the schoolyard and allows students to get outside and be interactively involved with a meaningful project. It is a proven fact, when children become actively involved in an educational project, they take ownership in the goals and the educational value is magnified.
Since teachers are already over worked, the FWS looked for an appropriate non-profit organization to provide the local oversight and management, RBCA was the obvious choice. Over the past many years RBCA has completed numerous effective habitat related projects in the Seward area.