The verdant and lively Westlake Life Lab garden was recently certified as an official Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. To qualify, school gardens must meet eligibility requirements that include providing essential elements for healthy and sustainable wildlife habitats including:

Food Sources: Native plants, seeds, fruits, nuts, berries, nectar
Water Sources: Birdbath, pond, water garden, stream
Places for Cover: Thicket, rockpile, birdhouse
Places to Raise Young: Dense shrubs, vegetation, nesting box, pond
Sustainable Gardening: Mulch, compost, rain garden, chemical-free fertilizer

Westlake received an official certificate and a commemorative sign that is now posted in the garden.

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is a proud supporter of Life Lab Gardens in our public schools, contributing more than $8,000 through direct donations and grants secured on the schools’ behalf. Stay tuned to The Eddy for more news about our schools’ growing gardens!