Install Features & Habitats for Wildlife

The Chesapeake Bay watershed supports an incredible diversity of wildlife, yet, wild animals face increasing pressure as natural areas that traditionally supported diverse habitats are reduced or threatened by human actions and expanding development. You can help by creating sustainable habitat projects that attract and support wildlife in your schoolyard, backyard and community! Explore projects below that provide instructions on creating habitat features for everything from birds, bees and butterflies to amphibians and furry friends!  Also visit our More Habitat Project How-To’s page that lists excellent resources for your state with instructions for building, installing and maintaining hundreds of species-specific projects!

Before You Start

Overview: Project Planning Basics

Design and Preparation

Overview: School Grounds Site Assessment

Schoolyard Wildlife & Habitat Survey

Field Notes for Completing a Schoolyard Wildlife & Habitat Survey


Attracting Butterflies, Bees & Other Pollinators

Bird Projects

Brush Pile Shelters

Frog Projects

Gardening for Wildlife

Low Mow / No Mow Zones

Nesting Boxes & Structures: Birds & Bats

Snags & Logs

Toad Projects

Water for Wildlife: Ponds, Amphibian Pools & More!

Wildlife Problem-Solving

More Habitat Project How-To’s: Excellent State-Specific Resources


Overview: Project Maintenance Basics

Using Your Project

Overview: Using Your Project

Eco Schools Schoolyard Habitat Sustainability Pathway

Monitor for Change

Bay Backpack: Bay Animals Lesson & Activities

Youth Garden Clubs, Programs & Resources

Project WILD (K-12)

Project WILD: Growing Up WILD (Ages 3-7)

Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills-Citizen Science K-8 (AFWA)

Eco-School Sustainability Pathways Lessons & Resources

Eco School National Standards & Curriculum Alignment

Project Learning Tree Curriculum Offerings

Eco Schools Green STEM Initiative

Sharing Your Project

Overview: Sharing Your Project

Resource Center

Project Resource Library: Learn More!
Eco Schools USA
National & State Green School Programs
Bay Backpack Teaching Resources Search Engine
EPA Learning & Teaching About the Environment (awards, resources, more)