Ohio School to Be Named the 100th Wild School Site

Ohio High School to Be Named the 100th Wild School Site

Ohio Department Natural Resources
Ohio Department Natural Resources

BEREA, OH – -(AmmoLand.com)- Berea High School in Cuyahoga County will soon be dedicated as an official WILD School Site according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The school will be the 100th site dedicated in Ohio.

The fourth in Cuyahoga County, Berea High School has completed many projects to learn about and benefit wildlife and the environment while enhancing habitat. Projects include artificial and natural bird feeding and watering stations and native plantings such as Northern spicebush, maple-leaf viburnum, bee balm and purple coneflower. The efforts benefit a variety of birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians.

Nearby Coe Lake, owned by the City of Berea, has been enhanced as well to benefit Berea students and residents. Several projects have taken place with help from school staff and students, City of Berea personnel and donations from private individuals and local businesses. Projects include the implementation of an osprey nesting platform, native prairie and a walking trail lined with signs educating visitors on the environment.

“I applaud the staff and students of Berea High School for recognizing the importance of stepping outdoors and connecting with the environment,” said Vicki Mountz, information and education administrator with the ODNR Division of Wildlife. “It’s been proven that when youths connect with the environment and learn about the needs of wildlife, they also learn about the needs of people and build a life-long appreciation for nature.”

Unplugging televisions and computers and plugging into the outdoors improves the physical, mental and emotional well-being of us all, added Mountz.

“Berea High School’s WILD School Site offers students and staff a transportation-free, fund-friendly field trip that is interesting and engaging,” said Mary Draves, science teacher at Berea High School. “My students work hard on these outdoor projects and get their hands dirty. They certainly take pride in what they’ve accomplished. We have plans for more habitat development on the school property.”

The school will be dedicated on October 21 during a ceremony for the school community and others involved with the enhancement projects.

The WILD School Sites program is considered an action extension of the national Project WILD program. Any school property used by students, teachers and the school community as a place to learn about and benefit from wildlife and the environment can be certified. The sites function within the premise that every school, regardless of size and location, can provide outdoor educational opportunities that can and should be part of an integrated environmental education program. WILD School Sites that demonstrate program development and site enhancement consistent with the premises outlined in this program are eligible for certification as an official Ohio WILD School Site.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com.