Being a Bee School will bring more attention to what we are already doing and plan to continue to do to support all pollinators. We know that when we notice, name and nurture something, we will grow to love it. We also know that we care for what we love. We know that being a Bee School will help us develop learners that will love and care for pollinators now and in the future. We know that they will share their love for pollinators and create environmental stewardship in others too.
We are already passionate about supporting pollinators. We participate in the Butterflies in my back yard program with the David Suzuki foundation. We have created a native plant garden for pollinators and actively tend to it, adding new plants and shrubs each year. Multiple grades and and community members are involved in this process.
We have planted three gardens so far. One garden is filled with native plants to support pollinators all year long. The other garden is filled with some native and some pollinator favourites to attract new pollinators to our grounds. The third garden area is a shade garden with shade loving plants (including many native species. We have 3 Mason Bee houses, We plan to add Bat houses to our grounds this winter and we will continue to maintain and add to our pollinator gardens every year. We have also planted flowering shrubs and trees on our grounds.
Many teachers at Baker Drive use our gardens to teach the learners about the importance of pollinators. We create signage and share information with each other in order to promote the understanding and love for pollinators.