Urban Oases=Learning Places: The New Haven Harbor Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership | UL Innovative Education Award
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Urban Oases=Learning Places: The New Haven Harbor Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

Common Ground
Connecticut

At Common Ground's educational wetland -- planted by high school students and STEM professionals -- second graders extend nets to sample aquatic creatures. Across town, pictures of students stand tall, looking down onto a park where students and neighbors restored habitat. At twelve public K-8 schools across New Haven, students collect data on life under logs, explore nature trails that they created, and learn from exhibits that they designed. Together, these efforts are creating one of the country's first urban wildlife refuges, transforming our city into an oasis -- and creating a rich, city-wide classroom for E-STEM.