Schools across the country are doing their part to help pollinators and the monarch recover. Every time a school plants a native schoolyard habitat or butterfly garden hundreds of different wildlife species are benefiting. Below are a few snap shots of schools across the country that are helping the monarch and or other pollinators.
The Monarch Heroes program, an environmental education and community outreach program was launched in Texas in September of 2015. To date 20 elementary and middle schools in both the Austin and Houston Independent School Districts are creating native habitat for monarch butterflies. As the gardens mature, students will engage in citizen science to gather important data to help scientists with their study of the monarch butterfly. Schools will become community centers for monarch education and sources of native milkweed seed and plants and nectar as students begin to propagate their own plants.
Students Build a Monarch Refuge
The Innovation Academy is a specialized program at Martin Middle School that is focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Academy was established in Fall of 2015 with the goal of better preparing students for a successful high school career and college readiness.
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Article/Coordinator: Ms. Boyce. Photography by Karen (5th Grade student - Lighthouse Lead Photographer)Wednesday, October 28th our 1st grade Eco-Schools USA Monarch Heroes hosted a fabulous Garden Party! The G/T students in Ms. Leal & Ms. Thormodsgaard’s classes have been working all year on this project, and today’s event marks the celebration of their accomplishments so far.
Monarch Heroes is a National Wildlife Federation initiative to help students save the declining Monarch population by providing more habitat and raising awareness of their plight.
By participating in this program our 1st grade leaders have learned a lot about the Monarch: its life cycle, diet, habitat needs, and annual migration.
They participated in the Annenberg Foundation’s Journey North Symbolic Migration by sending paper ambassador butterflies to Mexico, selected appropriate native host plants & nectar sources, designed their garden, and launched a print and video campaign to raise funds for their garden.
Their Monarch Money fund drive collected almost $800.00 that they used to purchase planters, soil, and plants.
They set up the beds and got everything planted Friday, and have been hard at work ever since making signs, learning plant facts, and helping design fun activities for their garden launch party.
Visitors made seed bombs, added their handprints to the planters to decorate them, and were treated to an informational tour of the garden featuring an “artist’s conception” of how it will look when the Monarchs return in the Spring.
We are Panther Proud of all the leadership shown by these fabulous first graders!
The original article with a slide show appeared in the Piney Point Elementary Newsletter. http://www.houstonisd.org/domain/31998 You need to scroll down to see the article.
Funding your monarch garden can be a great way to connect to your larger school community and spread the word about the work you are doing on your campus to help the monarch butterfly while providing innovative learning opportunities for your students. Below are just a few organizations that provide funding for school gardens.
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