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Want a wetland at your school?

by megan on Mar. 3rd, 2014 No Comments

Wetland at a School!
Would you like to have a wetland at your school?

SAVE THE FROGS! is looking for a school within a two-hour drive of Berkeley, California, that would like to have a wetland. The wetland would be designed to help frogs and provide for outdoor education. It would be shallow, less than 18-inches deep in the middle, and have gradual slopes.

Tom Biebighauser, a Wetland Ecologist would design and oversee the construction of the wetland. He has built over 1,600 wetlands in 20 states and 2 Canadian provinces. There would be no cost to your school for designing and building the wetland!

Application:
If you are interested in having a wetland, please ask the Principal of your school to send the following information to tombiebighauser@gmail.com by April 28, 2014:

1) Name, phone number, and e-mail
2) School name and address
3) Google Earth image showing the school and school property
4) The area available for building the wetland should be circled on a Google Earth image. This area should be at least 5,000 square feet.

Timeline:
Tom Biebighauser and Dr. Kerry Kriger (Executive Director, Save the Frogs) would plan to visit your school to design the wetland project the week of May 18.

Your new wetland would be built on October 14, 2014 as part of a Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshop that has been funded in part by Nature’s Path Envirokidz Cereal and in part by FrogTape.

Please contact tombiebighauser@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Tips: The area where you would like the new wetland should not contain buried utilities such as gas lines, fiber optic cables or sewer lines. The site should be level with a slope of 6-percent or less. It is recommended that a site be chosen near the back of the school, and the area should not be currently used for other school activities.

To see how wetlands appear at schools, please visit https://picasaweb.google.com/105985116543820569589/SchoolWetlands#

More information about building wetlands at schools is available at www.wetlandsandstreamrestoration.org

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