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PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS

SUSTAINING YOUR SCHOOL HABITAT: KEYS TO SUCCESS
By Sue Powers
4-H Wildlife Steward
William Walker Elementary School

The keys to success as a 4-H Wildlife Steward will depend on seven key issues:

Check Planning
Check Teamwork
Check Resources
Check Networking
Check Maintenance
Check Education and Publicity
Check Long-term Use

It is important to think of these key issues as you work on your project with the students and teachers at your school. Here are a few helpful reminders for each of these issues:

PLANNING

  • Plan with teaching staff, principal and others interested in the project.
  • Don't forget maintenance staff (ask about their needs and earn their respect)
  • Start with a small area and a set goal or focus; for example, start with a grade level team of teachers
  • It's good to have a broad, long-term vision, but it's best to start small and build on the project each year; add new staff and teachers as the program grows. Ultimately you will have included as much of the school population as possible.

TEAMWORK

  • Don't go it alone; try to involve as many people as possible and delegate tasks
  • Don't just think of the school population (involve your local 4-H clubs, after school groups, garden clubs, neighborhood associations, OSU Master Gardeners, businesses, neighbors)

BECOME INFORMED AND USE AVAILABLE RESOURCES

  • Use the internet - there are lots of good web sites
  • Take a naturescaping class
  • Take the OSU Master Gardener class
  • Visit native plant nurseries

NETWORK

  • Visit other school habitats
  • Talk with 4-H Wildlife Stewards at other schools
  • Visit the 4-H Wildlife Stewards website "forum"

MAINTENANCE

  • Plan work days, nature nights and other special events
  • Include "fun" functions for students and families
  • Plan for summer care and watering

EDUCATE AND PUBLICIZE

  • Publicize your project through school newsletters, bulletin boards and park signage.
  • Also use every opportunity you can to educate others about your project. School site base meetings, PTA meetings or newspapers are good ways to educate others

LONG TERM USE

  • Your habitat is planted and certified - now what?
  • Tie in activities to school benchmarks
  • Check out curriculum kits from OSU Extension 4-H
  • Attend additional trainings and workshops to further develop your own skills and knowledge.
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