Teaching students about the importance of environmental stewardship is a key principle of the Mulberry Waldorf curriculum. We value hands-on experiences to enhance student learning and strive to teach our students that they are part of a wider community of individuals and groups who can inspire us and engage us in incredible initiatives. We feel that being recognized as a Bee City Canada School would model how to participate in such a community for the collective health of the environment. We are excited to learn from schools in the Bee City network and look forward to sharing our best practices.
Mulberry, as a Waldorf school, strives to support ecologically-green playgrounds, school yards, and school gardens with an aim to:
•raise awareness of the plight of the honeybee and all pollinators
•protect and preserve the honeybee and all pollinators
•create a more sustainable future for our planet
Focusing on bees and other pollinators is a focus of Waldorf 100, the international effort to celebrate the centennial of Waldorf Education. Waldorf schools around North America are working on projects to help support and rebuild the pollinator population.
We have been planting gardens at 25 Markland Street since 1999 and have three plant gardens and two vegetable gardens in our urban schoolyard. Each of these gardens has plants that attract pollinators. We have had two depaving projects to increase play space, help water infiltration, and plant pollinator gardens. Our most recent depave project was this summer on a piece of land adjacent to our schoolyard and we planted a substantial rain garden with the support of Red Squirrel Conservation Services. Our students, teachers, staff, parents, and community members support ongoing and new greening efforts.