There is no doubt about it, Subaru truly loves the Earth. Every year, Subaru hosts the Subaru Loves The Earth initiative to celebrate the promise to care for the Earth and make a positive impact on our planet. Subaru retailers across the country support the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat® i initiative – a direct way in which students, teachers, parents, and school staff can create a Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden at a specially chosen school. The schools can be urban, rural, or suburban. This year, Bachman Subaru partnered with Wilt Elementary to make this very special project happen.
What is a Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden?
A Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden is a specialized habitat filled with native wildflowers, plants, trees, shrubs, and water features such as streams and ponds. Habitats like bird houses are added to attract local wildlife. The right water sources, plants, and habitats create a safe and inviting space for local wildlife, such as beautiful birds, butterflies, toads and even small mammals, thrive. Wildlife such as beautiful birds, butterflies, toads and even small mammals. Not only is it great for the environment, it provides a wonderful outdoor learning space for students to grow in their knowledge of wildlife, conservation, and caring for our planet. Students can read and learn in a garden that they themselves helped to create and nurture.
The Wildlife Garden at Wilt Elementary
The garden project at Wilt Elementary began April 10th when the school received their first shipment of the Bachman Subaru Donation Garden sign and a $100 Visa Gift Card to help fund needed items to enhance the garden. The week of May 8th-12th Wilt Elementary received the second shipment of items needed for the garden. This shipment included organic material for the habitat from Bluestone Perennials Inc. and regionally appropriate live plants with instructions for plant growth and care.
The final week of the project was May 15th-19. Bachman Subaru delivered the last remaining items needed to create this special habitat. Most important were the 4 basic items that wildlife need to survive: food, water, cover, and places to raise young right there in the garden! Here is a full list of the kit:
(1) Chickadee House
(1) Hanging Wren House
(1) Songbird Feeder
(1) Bird Bath
(1) Toad Abode
(1) Small Bag Organic Soil
(1) Watering Can
(4) Regionally appropriate Seed Packets
(1) Customer Certified Wildlife Habitat Garden Sign
(1) Tool Set in a Canvas Bag
The Big Picture
The Wilt Elementary Garden is one of many that has been created during Subaru Loves The Earth initiative. From designing the most economically sound fuel-efficient vehicles at eco-friendly plants to caring for local gardens and wildlife, Subaru is completely committed to loving our planet and making it a healthier, better place. This blog post highlights Subaru’s efforts to love the earth dating back to 1989. Additionally, you can visit Subaru Loves the Earth to learn more about Subaru’s commitment to change the planet. For more information about this specific project, check out www.nwf.org/subaruschool and hear more details from Natural Wildlife Federation’s Naturalist, David Mizejewski. You can even plant your own garden or certify your community! Every garden is one practical step you can take toward replenishing our local wildlife and truly loving our earth.