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June 16 - 23, 2014

Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom

Attention Teachers and Youth Group Leaders!
January 31, 2014, is the application deadline for Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom.
Click here for the 2014 brochure containing details and an application form.

The
"Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom" program began in 2009 as a partnership between the Assunpink Environmental Institute and the Mercer County Soil Conservation District. With sponsorship from the Freehold Soil Conservation District in 2010, the program expanded to include classrooms in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties. In 2013, teachers in Mercer County had the opportunity to be paired up with a "Garden Pal" volunteer/mentor from the Master Gardeners of Mercer County.

The program seeks to raise awareness about the important services provided by pollinators and the need to increase suitable habitat for native bees and other pollinators. Teachers can apply to receive a "Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom" (PPIC) resource kit containing a two-tiered plant stand with grow lamps, potting soil, seeds and other materials needed to help the students grow butterfly-attracting plants which they later transplant into their schoolyards. Teaching materials, lesson ideas, and posters are also included in the resource kits.

June 2013 PRESS RELEASE:
Mercer County Students Celebrate the Benefits of Pollinators


See below for past press releases about the program and for helpful web resources about gardening for butterflies and other pollinators.

The MCSCD and AEI would like to thank the businesses and organizations listed below for helping to make this program a success.

We are currently seeking sponsors for next year's Plants for Pollinators program in Mercer County. Please contact the Education Coordinator at 609-586-9603 to find out how you can support this program and help local children explore the joys of gardening for pollinators.

Butterfly and Pollintator Resources

Pollinator Partnership Web Page
http://www.pollinator.org - Very comprehensive!

Tips for Creating Butterfly Gardens
MCSCD tipsheet

Native Perennials for Butterflies http://www.bhwp.org/cms/files/file_ID96116.pdf - BHWP, New Hope, PA

Master Gardeners of Mercer County
http://www.mgofmc.org/bflygarden.html

Pollinator Friendly Planting Guide
http://www.pollinator.org/guides.htm


Native Bee Benefits
Pamphlet from Bryn Mawr College and Rutgers Univ.


June 2013 PRESS RELEASE:
Mercer County Students Celebrate the Benefits of Pollinators

June 2012 PRESS RELEASE:
Classrooms and Schoolyards Buzz with Excitement About Pollinators

 

 

 

Plants for Pollinators