Building Backyard Habitats
Junior Naturalist Training: Building Backyard Habitats for ages 9-11.
In this three day adventure, explore the Horn Farm Center through the eyes of your favorite critter
(mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, insect, etc.). Will a Red-backed salamander or Monarch butterfly
be able to find food, water, shelter, and places to raise young for their survival? Through gathering
found materials on the Horn Farm grounds, you’ll design a model of all the needed elements of your
critter’s habitat. Then, take the skills you learned from this week to start supporting wildlife in your own
Parents: Please register under your name - there will be a field in the registration to add the name of your child.
About the instructor:
Elyse Jurgen has over 10 years’ experience as an K-12 environmental educator and enjoys
integrating her passion for ecological garden designing in various community initiatives. She is
working with the National Wildlife Federation to build habitat gardens in Lancaster’s urban
schoolyards and train educators on a cross-curricular approach to utilizing the habitat garden as
an outdoor laboratory for students. She volunteers as a PA Master Naturalist, National Wildlife
Federation Habitat Steward, Water Quality Volunteer Coalition stream monitor, and serves on
the Lancaster County Conservancy’s Urban Greening and Education/Engagement Committees.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education, a Biology (7-12) Level II Teaching
Certificate, and a Civic Ecology certificate from Cornell University. She also obtained ecological
landscape design training from the Mt. Cuba Center, a Mid-Atlantic botanical garden in
Hockessin, DE; Claudia West, co-author of Planting in the Post-Wild World; and Danilo Maffei,
Longwood Gardens’ landscape design instructor. Elyse will also be participating in the
Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional training and Permaculture Design Certification
program in Spring 2019.
As a formal and informal educator, Elyse has observed youth generate their most innovative and
compassionate work when tasked with authentic challenges related to improving the ecological
function of their backyard/schoolyard. She is delighted to work with the Horn Farm Center to
foster those skills with more youth and to witness their joy in cultivating a compassion for the
“little things that run our world”.
York, PA 17406
|Building Backyard Habitats||$ 60.00|