It is important for this generation to be aware of how important every species on earth is (and how we are losing them due to our own actions). Specifically we are losing bees at an alarming rate, and this generation is the only one who can truly do something to save them. We have the opportunity to reach a large population to educate them on the importance of bees and the imminent environmental threats to their population. Teaching our students about biodiversity loss is extremely important at our school.
We strongly feel that highlighting how bees are struggling nowadays is a perfect way to help our students understand that their actions can be instrumental in not only curbing the decline but helping to reverse it.
We have a dedicated group of students who have formed a Bee Council this year. This year, the Bee Council and Eco-Club have organized a few key initiatives that support pollinators. For example, our students planted a large native pollinator garden on school property and visited the rooftop apiary at the Royal York. Throughout these activities, the students learned about the importance of pollinators in regards to food supply and biodiversity.
Our club is excited to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with our large student population. As a large school located in a suburban area, south of the Greenwood Conservation Area, we have the opportunity to enhance and protect the local pollinator population.
The Bee Council, in addition to the Eco-Club, plan to care for the newly-planted Pollinator Garden on school property. In the spring, the club intends to plant annuals (eg. parsley and dill) that will attract pollinators. Last, the students plan to create small bee habitats using logs/branches and phragmites grass. Plant list: black eyed susans, joe pye weed, sedum, mint, thyme.