Staff members from Champions for Wildlife recently spent time planting a pollinator garden with fifth graders in Andrea Walter’s science class at Polk Central Elementary School.
This garden was a culminating event for a semester of work by the students in collaboration with Champions for Wildlife, learning about pollinators and their community, learning about the importance of native plants, observing plants and insects in their school yard, designing a pollinator garden for their school and planting the garden.
For the garden project, students helped put plants in the ground, spread mulch, create a river rock path, participate in an empathy survey and create pollinator drawings. Throughout the day, students received one-on-one planting support thanks to Champions for Wildlife volunteers and the team at RootEd.
This project began when Walter reached out to Champions for Wildlife to lead programming on the importance of pollinators, and grew into the opportunity to install a pollinator garden at the school. Students focused on how they could improve the habitat for pollinators at their school, and various organizations stepped in to help contribute time, expertise, and plants to make the garden a success.
“Some of those children will forever hold that day as precious, a day of supportive adults, empathy lessons, games, high quality art supplies, bugs, sunshine, laughter, plants, river rock, and definitely shovels!” Walter said.
Champions for Wildlife was able to collaborate with these students because of generous support from Kiwanis of Tryon, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Conserving Carolina, Milkweed Meadows Farm and the Forbes Foundation.