NPSNJ School Guide

In 2023, the Essex Chapter created the NPSNJ School Guide because helping kids learn about native plants is crucial to restoring local ecosystems.

Designed for parents and teachers, the 12-page Guide explains what native plants are, why they are important, and gives practical advice about how to plant a school garden that provides food and habitat for pollinators and birds.

The key feature of the Guide is a sample garden design for sun or part-sun conditions with 8 beautiful and easy-to-grow plants. In addition, the Guide gives detailed information for 17 other plants. All 25 featured plants were selected for their interest while students are in school and because of their high ecological value to wildlife throughout the year.

In the section “Bringing the Garden Outside,” the Guide lists lesson ideas for using the garden. Finally, the Guide contains practical tips for gardening best practices and school garden success.

Download it here or fill out this form for a printed copy.

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