Native Garden For Pollinators

  • Location
    Batavia, Illinois
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age
    5 to 7 Years
    8 to 10 Years

The Problem

Provide habitat for native pollinators

Our Plan

We will be expanding one of the existing gardens on the school property to plant native prairie forbs and grasses specifically focusing on providing habitat for Monarch butterflies. The garden will also provide habitat for the endangered Rusty Patched Bumble bee and a wide variety of other pollinators. The completed garden will become an integral part of the Green Team activities. In addition to maintaining the garden, the students will learn about the prairie plant species and the key roles they play in supporting the native pollinators. We will be able to focus on the critical role of milkweed to the Monarch butterfly and track the life cycle of the Monarchs that visit the garden. The garden will allow the Green Team to participate in citizen science projects such as the Monarch Watch Tagging Program and BeeSpotter. In addition to these specific citizen science programs, the Green Team will start tracking species that visit the garden. Students will learn how to use field guides to identify the various organisms present. The garden will also compliment current first and second grade lessons on the life cycle of butterflies and the study of local habitats. In addition to providing opportunities for the students at H.C. Storm, the school families will be invited to participate in activities related to garden maintenance and citizen science opportunities. The garden will also serve as an example of how native plants can easily be incorporated into existing neighborhood landscapes. Families will also see the benefit of increasing the number of native plants in our neighborhood for the native fauna. The hope is that by experiencing the beauty of the native garden and witnessing the diversity of pollinators a modest-sized garden can support, families in the community will look for ways to add natives at home.

Themes Addressed

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    Biodiversity Loss
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The Benefit

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