National Wildlife Federation Certifies SMA Prep as Schoolyard Habitat®

SARASOTA, FL. August 24, 2017Sarasota Military Academy Prep, a public charter, middle school and authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, providing students with a 21st century learning experience immersed in daily military principles of honor, respect, and leadership, announced that the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), has recognized that Sarasota Military Prep  in Sarasota, Florida has successfully created a Certified Schoolyard Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. NWF is America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization.

SMA Prep has joined with over 5,000 schools nationwide that have transformed their schoolyards into thriving wildlife habitats that provides essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young. The habitat also serves as an outdoor education site where students can engage in cross-curricular learning in a hands-on way.

SMA-MAJ Deb Walker, AgriScience educator and SMA Prep Garden founder says she is,  “especially pleased with this certification because it is Step One in the long process of becoming an Eco-School”. Walker goes on to say that, “Ensuring biodiversity is one of the pathways that we have chosen in order to attain this status, and this award makes it almost a certainty that we will be approved in that area”.

Certification also recognizes the SMA Prep Garden as a Certified Wildlife Habitat® that is part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to restore critical habitat for pollinators.

“We are excited to have another school join our growing list of more than 5,000 certified Schoolyard Habitats. Kids can now personally experience nature through hands-on learning in an outdoor environment,” said Liz Soper, Director of K-12 Programs for National Wildlife Federation.

SMA Prep is seeking to become a certified Green School through the NWF Eco-Schools USA Program in 2017-18.

About Sarasota Military Academy

Founded in 2002, Sarasota Military Academy is a public charter, middle school, and high school located in Sarasota, FL. As an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, SMA provides students with a 21st-century learning experience immersed in daily military principles of honor, respect, and leadership. Combining extraordinary academics with the highest military principles of camaraderie, focus, leadership, integrity, compassion, poise, honor, and respect, SMA’s mission is to graduate young men and women who will confidently define their personal and unique goals for success in a multicultural and globalized world. More information is available at

About NWF’s Eco-Schools USA

National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is a voice for wildlife, dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists. NWF’s Eco‐Schools USA program is a nationwide program that engages Pre K‐12 school students, faculty, administrators and community volunteers in a comprehensive, environment‐based program to improve student environmental literacy and skills. The schools themselves become greener and cleaner and students learn more science and technology. The Eco-Schools USA program now serves over 4,700 U.S. schools, 2.7 million students, over 130,000 educators, and is growing.  More information about the Eco-Schools USA program is available at