In 1994, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife established a program to encourage schools to improve their school yards with a habitat for wildlife that could also serve as a training ground for students.
On Thursday, May 28, New Richmond Elementary School became the 97th school in Ohio and the third in Clermont County to become certified as a Wild School Site. The school was presented with a plaque for the school and two road signs for posting to let the community know that the school is designated as a Wild site.
Under the leadership of sixth grade teacher, Rena Snouffer, New Richmond Elementary students and teachers have created a nature trail and flower garden on the school grounds. Snouffer has been working on the project for more than two years with grant money received from Duke Energy, funding from the PTO, a student council donation and a $1,000 grand from the Martha Holding Jennings Fund. With the Wild certification, the school received $500 from ODNR towards the trail project.