For exemplary efforts during the past two years despite setbacks by COVID-19, Lincoln Heights Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary School in Fuquay-Varina, NC has earned the “Watershed Stewardship School Award” from their local Wake Soil and Water Conservation District. South Wake Conservationists, a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, along with other community partners, worked closely with the school to win this award.
Through NCWF’s Trees-4-Trash program, Lincoln Heights volunteers, staff and families planted, watered and mulched over 50 native trees/shrubs around the campus on 10/31/2020 with South Wake Conservationists’ volunteers. On 12/15/2020, SWC installed five Bluebird and six Brown-headed Nuthatch nest boxes. Students have been taking turns watering the native plants and will be monitoring the bird boxes to record and submit data. This ties into the 1st grade environmental learning curriculum.