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Native Species Plant Tour of Wildlife Habitat
Tour of the Native Wildlife Habitat/stormwater retention basin adjacent to the Southern Blvd School parking lot at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday August 12th. Matt Palmer, Ph.D., professor of Biology at Colombia University, and member of the Chatham Twp Environmental Commission, will show us the native and invasive plant life and the fauna that the habitat supports. All are welcome to arrive before the tour to help high school students mulch and pull invasive species from 4 to 6 p.m.
The habitat was started in 2005 through a grant from the Natural Resource Conservation Service. High School student Sophie Kapica is in the process of certifying it as a Monarch Butterfly Way Station. If Chatham Township officials and Southern Blvd School teachers and PTO are active with the habitat, the Township can also receive Sustainable Jersey Points for the habitat/retention basin as a demonstration "rain garden."
Naturalists, gardeners, teachers and all are welcome!
More About Southern Boulevard Elementary School
Southern Boulevard Elementary School, which serves students in grades K-3, is one of the two elementary schools located in Chatham Township. The school has a character education program called "SBS Soars" that is intended to be a joint venture between school and home. The program also sponsors a parent education series; parents read books that discuss parenting strategies and participate in book talk activities connected to their reading. It also offers a variety of other special activities. It celebrates the ancestral traditions of its students and families with February's International Festival, which features a celebration—complete with a parade and fashion show. Southern Boulevard also invites parents to participate, with their children, in what the school calls "math game days" and "writing portfolio days"—activities intended to strengthen the partnership between home and school.
A storm water basin sits adjacent to the school's parking lot; it is designed to slow rainwater runoff from the school parking lot storm drains. Several forms of native wildlife, such as frogs and butterflies, have made their home there.
Its principal is Ralph Pesapane.