Campus: San Jose State University -- May 10, 2002

National Wildlife Federation Certifies Local Schoolyard Habitat« Site At San JosÚ State University

The National Wildlife Federation has announced that San José State University's Biology Department has put out the welcome mat for wildlife while providing students and educators with an outdoor classroom. A designated portion of the university's grounds is now recognized as a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitats® site.

The certified Schoolyard Habitats site at SJSU is a model of ecological stewardship and common sense conservation for the community, according to the NWF. In addition, it functions as a living classroom that offers students and educators enhanced learning experiences.

An event to celebrate this certification will be held on Thu., May 16, 2 p.m., at the Botany Garden next to the University House along the Paseo de San Carlos on campus.

SJSU's Schoolyard Habitats site is number 1587 in the network of certified sites nationwide, according to the NWF. In addition to providing habitat for wildlife and learning opportunities for students, Schoolyard Habitats sites create a safe and nurturing environment for the whole community.

Launched in 1995, NWF's Schoolyard Habitats program provides materials and expertise to encourage the creation of wildlife habitat areas as learning tools on sites nationwide. For more information on the program, visit the NWF Web site at or call 1-800822-9919.

The nation's largest member-supported conservation education and advocacy group, the National Wildlife Federation unites people from all walks of life to protect nature, wildlife and the world we all share. NWF has educated and inspired families to uphold America's conservation tradition since 1936. Its common sense approach to environmental protection brings individuals, organizations and governments together to ensure a brighter future for people and wildlife.

For information on SJSU's wildlife program, contact Sally Veregge at 408-924-4900.

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