Bees are at the risk of extinction, and this could be detrimental to our communities. The purpose of the Madonna School Pollinator Garden is to provide a space for children in the community to learn about the natural world including the needs of plants, the benefit of plants to the community, and our relationship with pollinators; for example, a third of the world’s food production depends on bees who require wildflower pollen and nectar to stay healthy.
Unlike other gardens in the area that are designed for growing produce or flowers, this garden will focus on providing our human support to the natural world, to benefit our more-than-human relations as well as helping our community’s gardeners by supporting native bees and pollinators.
Our school is currently in the process of building our capacity and knowledge around Land Acknowledgement and ecological stewardship. Our school has a flower/vegetable garden on site, and are in the process of expanding this to include a pollinator garden using community grants, parent council support, and community donations. Becoming a Bee School would provide us with resources to continue this learning.
We plan to create a pollinator garden complete with informative signage to educate community members.