Kindergarten Students in Philadelphia Help Pollinators
Students at the Longstreth Elementary School in west Philadelphia will soon take part in developing a model pollinator garden at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The program is made possible through a grant received by the Friends of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Learn more about this amazing opportunity for both the students and the Refuge.
Friends of Heinz Refuge Wins Large Grant - Will Partner With Kindergarten Students to Create a Model Pollinator Habitat on the Heinz Refuge
Utilizing a grant of almost $10,000 from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, FOHR will partner with kindergarten teacher, Chuck Lafferty, and his students from the Longstreth Elementary School in west Philadelphia, to de-velop a half acre "pollinator" garden on the refuge. The landscape, which will contain only native species plants, was designed specially for our project by Penn State Master Gardeners, Joseph Leo-nardo and Cecily Kihn. When completed, the pollinator land-scape will become a model for both homeowners, and educa-tors who wish to develop a beautiful pollinator friendly landscape of their own. The Master Gardeners have also developed a wonder-ful resource base as part of their work on our behalf, and this resource base will be made available to all interested parties.
The goals of project are (1) to increase pollinator habitat while teaching students, and their families about the important role that polli-nators (which are vanishing at an alarming rate) play in the food chain; (2) to investigate and re-cord climate change parame-ters; (3) to help inner city students develop a sense of understanding, stewardship and ownership of the natural world; and (4) to provide a thought stimulating, hands on method of helping to chil-dren and their families to embrace the FWS national priority of "Connecting Peo-ple With Nature". Other partners in the project include the National Wildlife Federation, US fish & Wildlife Service, Pennsyl-vania Horticultural Society, and Project BudBurst. Stay tuned for project updates as they occur!!
Story by: Jean Diehl