Certified Schoolyard Habitat

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, has recognized Rye Country Day School as a Certified Schoolyard Habitat.  The certification is based on Rye Country Day’s commitment to transforming its schoolyard into a thriving wildlife habitat by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover, and places to raise young. The habitat also serves as an outdoor education site where students can engage in cross-curricular learning in a hands-on way.  Some of the features that were recognized by the NWF include RCDS's three campus gardens, bird feeders, bird baths, rain barrels, bird houses, organic lawn care practices, pollinator gardens, and native plantings. Keep your eyes out for our new Certified Schoolyard Habitat signs!