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  • 1.  June Community Chat: Pollinators!

    Posted 06-15-2022 08:45:00 AM
    Happy Pollinator Month! I'm excited to talk about all things pollinators and youth gardening at our next Community Chat on 6/22 at 3PM ET. This is a great Chat for anyone gardening with kids in any setting - homes, schools, community centers, etc - and I know that many of you have some great ideas you can share with the group.

    Topics can include pollinator activities, ideas to raise awareness in communities, creating pollinator-friendly spaces in any setting, funding opportunities for pollinator projects, and anything else you'd like to discuss. From those new to gardening to seasoned educators, everyone is welcome!

    Learn More and Register (this Chat will be recorded)

    If you can't attend, add your ideas and questions here to get the conversation started. If you're celebrating pollinator month, let us know how!

    Amelia Dupuis
    Kids Garden Community Manager

  • 2.  RE: June Community Chat: Pollinators!

    Posted 06-15-2022 11:18:00 AM

    We just planted a small native pollinator garden (5x5).   I am looking for ways to engage the kids out in the garden and help them learn about pollinators.   

    Any ideas of little lessons kids could do out in the pollinator garden?   So far I have thought of a bingo card, a check off list, and counting of the insects.     Any other ideas?  (K-5)

    Camille Walker
    Elementary school garden

  • 3.  RE: June Community Chat: Pollinators!

    Posted 06-16-2022 02:41:00 PM
    Hi Camille,

    There are tons of lesson plans out there for garden activities. Start with under Learning Tools. 
    Here is another link:

    Michelle Zupan
    Hickory Hill & the Tom Watson Birthplace
    502 Hickory Hill Drive
    Thomson, GA  30824
    FAX: 706-595-7177

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  • 4.  RE: June Community Chat: Pollinators!

    Posted 06-17-2022 09:10:00 AM
    Hi Camille,

    The book The School Garden Curriculum by Kaci Rae Christopher has some really fun pollinator/ bug lessons ideas, about attracting, observing, and appreciating pollinators. And some about understanding the world through the lens of pollinators as well.


    Dana Scheffen

  • 5.  RE: June Community Chat: Pollinators!

    Posted 06-16-2022 06:20:00 PM
    Here at the Agricultural Museum, we are having a Pollinator Party on June 24th. Families will rotate thru a variety of stations including bee anatomy puzzles, a bat and hummingbird craft, planting pollinator pots, playing games, and more! We are excited to offer hands-on learning as well as materials that families can bring home with them to continue the learning and the fun!

    If we aren't able to attend the June 22nd session,  do we need to register in order to access the recording?

    Diane Ingram

  • 6.  RE: June Community Chat: Pollinators!

    Posted 06-16-2022 08:21:00 PM
    Hi Camille, we participated in the Great Sunflower Project - pollinator observations.

    Learn more here and download our datasheet

    John Fisher
    831.471.7831 mobile

  • 7.  RE: June Community Chat: Pollinators!

    Posted 06-17-2022 08:12:00 AM
    Hi Diane - if you are not able to attend, registration is optional. In the past we've posted the recording to the discussion threads so it's available to everyone (it will likely just go on this thread) and then sent an email to everyone who registered with the link to that thread.

    Amelia Dupuis
    Kids Garden Community Manager

  • 8.  RE: June Community Chat: Pollinators!

    Posted 06-23-2022 11:17:00 AM
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    I had so much fun at yesterday's Community Chat! Thank you to everyone who shared their questions, ideas, and advice. The recording of the Chat is attached with time stamps below for anyone who is interested in viewing it. You can also check out this list of resources that were shared:

    Community Chat Recording Time Stamps

    7:40 - Pollinator specific grant opportunities

    10:30 - Key differences between a flower garden and a pollinator garden

    15:45 - Selecting pollinator-friendly plants for your region

    18:30 - Understanding the objective of having a pollinator garden

    24:00 - Reasons to select annual vs. perennial plants

    27:40 - Tips for addressing bug phobia in kids and adults

    37:35 - Ideas for pollinator activities

    48:50 - Ideas for pollinator awareness projects

    56:20 - Other features/elements you can add to a pollinator garden

    Amelia Dupuis
    Kids Garden Community Manager

  • 9.  RE: June Community Chat: Pollinators!

    Posted 06-23-2022 05:22:00 PM
    Dear Amelia,
    Sorry I missed this great event.  I wanted to add the curriculum we use for Monarch Sister Schools Program is purchased from Monarch Joint Venture. Lots of great lessons, games, drawings, coloring pages:

    Mary Anne Rishebarger
    Natural Partners/Monarch Sister Schools Program
    Baltimore MD