Queen Margaret’s School is committed to ensuring our students are connected with the outdoors through hands-on learning that they have the skillset to protect the natural world. We also strive to encourage awareness and action from students, so we are excited to create a school community that understands the importance of pollinators and works to protect them. Becoming a Bee School will be a positive contribution to QMS’ student body and to our local pollinators.
Queen Margaret’s School should be certified a Bee City School because the actions of our school and school community have already shown that we recognize the critical role that bees play in the ecosystems that cradle us, and how important it is to protect pollinators.
We are excited to make our school even more welcoming to bees than we already have. The focus of our plan is to expand bee-friendly habitat by creating more pollinator gardens on campus. We have worked with our facilities manager, guided by advice from a partner organization, Beewatch Canada to choose pollinator plants for gardens outside a new building, including native pollinator plants. The plants will be located below the site of an indoor beehive being installed by Beewatch Canada. The plants will include woolly sunflower, red flowering currant, red columbine, tall Oregon grape, snowberry, barberry and linden tree.