Your donation to this project will be matched 3:1 by Small Change Fund, EcoSpark and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation!
Through this project, students will learn about bees and butterflies through experiential education in planning, planting, weeding and watering a bee and butterfly-friendly garden. By engaging students in this process they can become aware of the interconnectedness between species and understand the importance of habitats and the necessity of broader habitat protection across the Greenbelt.
Why Bee Beautiful?
Our model is quite simple. We know about some of the big environmental issues facing our species, but we see our role, as teachers, to give students tools for change, and to do so in ways that are achievable, and manageable – tools that give them a sense that through small actions, they can be agents of big change in the world. We want to empower them, but not overwhelm them. We have already noticed their interest and their natural inquiry around these beds, which we just had installed, via another grant, in the Spring. Our bigger vision is to create a pathway of bee and butterfly-friendly beds or spaces, possibly with seating interspersed along the way (e.g. benches, natural stones), to make a permanent path for positive change. We want to do this gradually, building student interest and voice into the process, so that it isn’t “our” vision about what is important in the world, but rather theirs – a natural space, guided by their vision and building on their. One of our key goals is to incorporate student voice into this process, so we are just at the beginning!