“The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased to recognize that Princeton Montessori School has successfully created a Certified Schoolyard Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. Princeton Montessori School has joined with over 5,000 schools nationwide that have transformed their schoolyards into thriving wildlife habitats that provide essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover, and places to raise young. The habitat also serves as an outdoor education site where students can engage in cross-curricular learning in a hands-on way.”
The School is delighted to announce that we have been certified as a national Wildlife Habitat.
At Princeton Montessori, we believe that immersion in nature is important in the development of the whole child. Spending time in nature promotes physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development in every child. We have worked hard to transform our property into a thriving wildlife habitat that provides essential elements needed by all wildlife and provides an outdoor education site where students can engage in cross-curricular learning in a hands-on way.
This accreditation reflects both our good fortune in having a campus that has a wide range of ecosystems and the hard work that goes into protecting and encouraging those ecosystems. We will continue to do this.
NWF’s Garden for Wildlife program encourages responsible gardening that helps pollinators and other wildlife thrive. It encourages planting with native species like milkweed and discourages chemical pesticide use. With nearly 200,000 locations and growing, NWF’s Certified Wildlife Habitats and Community Wildlife Habitats recognize individuals, schools, groups, and whole communities committed to providing habitat for wildlife, including pollinators. Each of the nearly 200,000 certified locations provides food, water, cover, and places to raise young. This makes yards, schools, businesses, places of worship, campuses, parks, farms and other community-based landscapes into wildlife sanctuaries.