Belvedere Parkway Eco Leaders club is thrilled to accept the designation of the first Bee City School in Calgary, Alberta! We are a committed group of Grade 3 to 6 students that have been working to promote pollination in our local environment. Our goal is to attract local solitary bees and other pollinators by expanding our existing school vegetable garden and planting a local native wildflower garden and other ‘bee loving’ plants and installing solitary bee homes. We are excited to continue educating ourselves, so we may pass on our knowledge to others when we celebrate National Pollinator Week!
Students were super excited to take ownership of our Mayor’s Expo display last year and end the school year (only the beginning of our Bee City School year) by planting our pollinator friendly garden, making our bee hotels and putting them up for the bees to enjoy. Students from all classes came out during Pollinator week to see the Mayor’s Expo display, learn about solitary bees and see the new garden! When school began again in the fall, our Eco Club was back up and running and we spent time reviewing facts about pollinators and going out into the garden space to clean up the area and try to pull some weeds out before the winter weather arrived. We spent time discussing what we would focus on this year and enjoyed the many Activity Cards we received by Bee City Canada.
Our school is currently involved ln the City of Calgary Eco Leader Program, which is a youth environmental leadership initiative that helps school based student teams design and implement curriculum linked projects. We have been selected to present our club’s project at the annual Mayor’s Environment Expo in June 2019. The premise of our project is, “If We Build It, Will They Come?” Students from Grade 3-6 devote one hour every week to learn about solitary bees, their habitat and lifecycle. With this knowledge students are creating various works to educate our school community and create awareness of the importance of pollinators to our native, local environment.