Pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that many animals – including humans – rely on for food and shelter. Of the 1,400 crop plants grown around the world almost 80% require pollination by animals. Visits from bees and other pollinators result in larger, more flavorful fruits and higher crop yields.
The “other” pollinators such as birds, bats, butterflies and beetles, and some reptiles and mammals, are just as critical to pollination as bees. Through hands-on activities students will learn about these “other” pollinators and their adaptations that assist them with the pollination process. Students will paint bird houses, make butterfly sun catchers, and dissect flowers. We will also examine a bat skeleton and bat box.
This program is suitable for students ages 7 and up (1st – 5th grade). The program will start indoors and include a walk around the gardens (weather permitting). Participants must wear a mask during the class and class size will be limited.
Parents only need to register and pay for the child(ren) attending the program.
*Classes may be canceled, rescheduled or moved to an online format in accordance with public health orders and/or inclement weather.