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The Kingston Chapter of The Society for Conservation Biology at Queen’s is offering an exciting new program to naturalize schools in the Kingston community and raise awareness about local conservation issues. The contest will provide students with a meaningful learning experience and an environmentally friendly place to play.

Open to all elementary schools in the city of Kingston, the School Yard Makeover: Eco-Edition contest challenges each elementary school in the city to showcase their desire for a greener and more environmentally friendly school yard. Each participating school will submit a portfolio that can include drawings, poems, pictures, stories and movies created by the students to demonstrate their views of an ecologically friendly school yard.

The grand prize of the contest is a school yard naturalization project worth up to $2000. This naturalization project will be a collaborative effort between The Society for Conservation Biology and the winning school who will work together to decide what is planted, making student involvement a priority throughout the process. Upon completion of the project we will hold an unveiling ceremony to showcase the project and highlight the benefits of gardening with native plants to parents and other members of the community. Consolation prizes will be awarded to all participating schools so that they can also promote biodiversity and gardening with native plants in their school yards.

We welcome the support of parents or guardians who can bring the School Yard Makeover: Eco-Edition contest to the attention of principals, teachers and parent-teacher associations of elementary schools within the city of Kingston. By introducing students, staff and the community to the benefits of landscaping with native wildflower, shrubs and trees The Society for Conservation Biology hopes to encourage local conservation while improving the appearance of local elementary schools.

February 15, 2008 - Send an e-mail of interest to
March 31, 2008 - Portfolios due

Further information about the contest is available at or call Scott Taylor at 613-533-6000 ex. 75539.

About The Society for Conservation Biology: The goal of the Kingston SCB is to promote biological diversity, both locally and globally. Recent activities include involvement in the most recent all candidates’ debate, hosting the environmental commissioner of Ontario, and elementary and high school presentations. Coming soon is our annual Photo Contest and Silent Auction, a new stormwater awareness program and a Native Plant Workshop in the spring.


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