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Schoolyard Hydro-Ecology Water budgets, water flows and water’s ways in the schoolyard ecosystem.
Jessica Saven, BES Education Fellow
The original impetus for this Handbook was a 2003 grant award from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to the Parks & People Foundation and the Living Classrooms Foundation with collaboration from the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. Each of these organizations brought unique and complementary expertise to the project. The goal was to help teachers and students learn about their local, urban ecosystem by studying water and ecology in their schoolyards as they worked together on meaningful restoration projects. The Handbook was written with a middle school science teacher in mind, but many of the activities have been pilot tested successfully, with appropriate modifications, in elementary and high school settings.
The Schoolyard Hydro-Ecology Handbook was produced with funding from a number of sources:

  • The National Science Foundation
  • Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust)
  • Parks & People Foundation
  • Living Classrooms Foundation

Files for the Schoolyard Hydro-Ecology Handbook can be found online
Individual files include:
Citation: Saven, J.. 2005. Schoolyard Hydro-Ecology Teachers’ Handbook. Draft 2. Baltimore Ecosystem Study – Investigating Urban Ecosystems program. J. Gordon and A.R. Berkowitz, editors. Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook , NY.