There are several areas of the school property that contain plant that are invasive species. These will be removed and native plants that attract pollinators, either as larval hosts or nectar providers, will be planted instead. Plants will be specifically selected via a partnership with the Florida Native Plant Society to be certified native and, whenever possible, replanting endangered species.
Removal of invasive species enables an ongoing discussion with our students about the importance of local flora and fauna. In addition, the beds dedicated to Florida native plants will provide low-maintenance outdoor classroom space that is also a habitat for pollinators. The pollinators, in turn, will support proper fertilization of consumables in the agriculture garden. This allows students to witness how pollinators support plant production for consumption and how native species thrive in the appropriate ecosystem without draining resources. It also allows students the opportunity to survey our local ecosystem and monitor an increase in native plant, and hopefully, insects.