Habitat Features: To Attract Human Visitors

Marley Glen photoIn all the excitement over attracting wildlife to your garden, don’t forget about human visitors! Signs and borders will help distinguish your project and may prevent an accidental mow-down. Habitat features such as paths, benches and artwork are fun and effective ways to make your project more inviting to human visitors. Visit the below links for more information on making your habitat project accessible and inviting to people as well as wildlife!

Paths & Structures - MSDE Conserving & Enhancing the Natural Environment Guide
Habitat Features - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide
Schoolyard Habitats Accessibility Guidelines - National Wildlife Federation

Accessible Gardening for People with Physical disabilities: A Guide to Methods, Tools, and Plants by Janine Adil
Hardscaping - Maryland Dept of Natural Resources Wild Acres Program
Fun Features: Sunflower House & Bean Teepee - Better Homes & Gardens New Junior Garden Book

Identifying your project area

Sometimes all it takes to help someone recognize an area as a habitat project is a sign or border identifying it as such. A border will not only help distinguish a project area, but can prevent an accidental mow-down. Borders can range from natural items, such as rocks, firewood or driftwood, to purchased items, such as railroad ties or fencing. Signs can range from handmade signs created by your students to those you have purchased. Add a “No Mow Zone” sign for good measure. Below are several sources of signs for purchase:

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (contact Education department) 
May be able to provide aluminum oyster, rain garden, tree planting signs

Lark Label Custom Images, Solid Metal, Plant Labels
www.larklabel.com

Garden BenchWhithner Screen Graphics (aluminum signs) 
www.whithnerscreengraphics.com

L. Darling Corporation, Polydura (heavy duty plastic signs) 
www.polydura.com

Metalphoto of Cincinnati
www.mpofcinci.com

G.S. Images (large signs)
www.gsimages.com

Gardening with Kids plant markers

www.kidsgardeningstore.com


Also See:
Habitat Elements to Attract Wildlife
Types of Habitat Projects
How to Create a Habitat Project

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