Seed Balls Today, Pollinators Tomorrow!

  • Location
    Thousand Oaks, California
  • Status
    Active
  • Age Level
    8 to 10 Years

The Problem

The Roots and Shoots Campaign that my 2022-2023 class has decided to start this school year actually is the sixth-year continuation and addition onto the campaigns that my 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2019-2020, and 2021-2022 classes began - that of a flourishing Monarch Waystation. This year's class would like to continue to build upon my previous classes’ vision by not only incorporating other native plants to attract other types of butterflies, especially those which flourish while the Monarch migrates north and or south of our garden, but would also like to inspire the creation of other Monarch enthusiasts through the gifting of “seed balls” to our classmates.

Our Plan

My 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2021-2022 classes learned that seed balls made gardening easy, fun, and accessible. They learned that seed balls grow endangered wildflowers needed by pollinators, protect seeds from wind, birds, squirrels, and other critters, and has easy dispersal for more uniform coverage. So, each class hand-rolled approximately 1,000 seed balls and shared them with their families and friends by distributing the seed balls with planting directions (the “guerilla” method of tossing the seed balls while hiking was the most popular to write about!) to entire school to take home to plant in their gardens. Many of my 2022-2023 class got to take these seed balls home as second graders and came into my third grade class at the beginning of this year not only wanting to make more seed balls, but are also excited to educate our school community about the continued need to advocate for pollinators. So, this year’s class’ plan of action is to not only make more seed balls to share with our school community but also to complete a Flipgrid digital tour of our garden and the components which make is a sustainable benefit for pollinators to share with our school community and to personally deliver the seed ball packets to their classmates.

Themes Addressed

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    Education
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    Habitat Destruction
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    Pollinators

The Benefit

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    People
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    Animals
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    Environment
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