National Wildlife Federation announces Glacier Park Elementary in Maple Valley is an Official Certified Wildlife Habitat. The garden attracts a variety of birds, butterflies, squirrels, and bees by providing a wildlife friendly landscape. NWF teaches the importance of environmental stewardship by providing guidelines for making landscapes more hospitable to wildlife. In order to become certified, a property must provide the four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover, and places to raise young. In addition, to providing for wildlife, certified habitats conserve our natural resources by reducing or eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
The Glacier Park Garden has two new educational display boxes that can be filled with activities for teachers to share with their class when they visit the garden. The display cases were an Eagle Scout Project organized and directed by Billy Wheeler of Troop 945. Currently, when classes visit the educational displays, students can learn about habitats, identify native and migratory birds, and read a story about a Rufus hummingbird that is migratory in the Puget Sound.
Thanks to Cathy Haws, GPES Green Team Leader