The Woodmore student Green Team is planning to expand our 8\" x 4\" pollinator garden to a larger size of 12\" x 8\" in our school courtyard. The increased size would benefit student learning and most importantly, pollinators including the monarch butterfly, whose overall population is currently at risk.
The Green Team members will grow monarch butterflies in their their respective classrooms and release them by the expanded pollinator garden. Beginning in the fall and through the year, members will collect observational data that includes which type of pollinators (bee, butterfly, bird, etc.) are observed, on which plant(s), and for how long on a shared chart. Our Green Team members will assist in teaching other science classes that the monarch population is dwindling and our efforts in creating a feeding hub for monarch butterflies and a growing hub for monarch caterpillars. The students will monitor population data from federal sources and know that we are part of the bigger picture in improving the population of this important species!