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June 16 - 22, 2014
Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom (PPIC)
Dear Teachers and Youth Group Leaders! Thank you for your interest in the PPIC program!
The 2014 deadline has passed.
The typical application deadline is in late January. The 2014 program brochure is available here for your reference only. We encourage you to check back in the fall semester for information about the 2015 program.
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.
See below for past press releases about the program and for helpful web resources about gardening for butterflies and other pollinators.
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.
The MCSCD and AEI would like to thank the businesses and organizations listed below for helping to make this program a success.
and Pollintator Resources
June 2014 PRESS RELEASE:
Celebrating Pollinator Week Across Mercer County
June 2013 PRESS RELEASE:
Mercer County Students Celebrate the Benefits of Pollinators
June 2012 PRESS RELEASE:
Classrooms and Schoolyards Buzz with Excitement About Pollinators