Schoolyard Habitat Program

The Schoolyard Habitat Program provides supplemental, standard-based science curriculum for elementary and middle schools throughout the TriCity Area. This three-year partnership program seeks to increase understanding, encourage inquiry, and generate a sense of stewardship in students by allowing structured exploration of an outdoor Habitat space. Through hands-on lessons, students enhance their understanding of scientific concepts and teachers are provided with professional development to gain the skills needed to make the program their own.

Program Objectives

  1. Create native habitats for schools to use as an outdoor classroom
  2. Increase understanding of science and ecological concepts
  3. Encourage inquiry and experiential learning
  4. Generate a sense of stewardship within students, families, and community

Help Support Our Habitat Program

The Highlands Center is excited to bring this program to our next partner school, Mountain Oak!

The Schoolyard Habitat program is supported each year by members and friends of the Highlands Center along with families and friends of our local elementary schools, through the Arizona Tax Credit program.

Thank you for your generous tax donations to Mountain Oak Charter School. Tax donations forms will be updated in Fall 2018.

Mountain Oak 2016 Tax Credit Letter
Mountain Oak 2016 Tax Credit Form

Want to be our next partner school?

Applications are now being accepted for our 2019-2022 Schoolyard Habitat Program! Email a completed application to our Schoolyard Habitat Coordinator, Jo Wurst, by March 2nd, 2018. The selected applicant will be announced in May 2018.

Habitat Schools To Date

    • Mountain Oak Charter School:
      Prescott, 2017-2019
    • Abia Judd Elementary
      Prescott: 2016-2018
    • Glassford Hill Middle School
      Prescott Valley: 2015-2017
    • Lake Valley Elementary
      Prescott Valley: 2014-2016
    • Mountain View Elementary
      Prescott Valley: 2013-2015
    • Lincoln Elementary
      Prescott: 2012-2014
    • Granville Elementary
      Prescott Valley: 2011-2013
    • Washington Traditional Elementary
      Prescott:  2009-2011
    • Miller Valley Elementary
      Prescott: 2008-2012
    • Territorial Elementary
      Chino Valley: 2007-2009
    • Coyote Springs
      Prescott Valley: 2006 – 2008
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