Tredway Woodsworth uses an inquiry-based learning approach to teach their students about pollinators, their importance to nature and our food system. Their school garden and wild bee homes reflect an inspiring mix of art and the study of ecology. And, we owe a debt of gratitude to Mme. White for inspiring us to create the Bee City Schools program. So, thank you to the students and teachers of Tredway Woodsworth for sharing your love for pollinators and curiosity about nature!
We are a school community situated along the pollinator belt of the rouge Valley nature trail. As we learn about our roles in the conservation of the environment, we are increasingly interested in how we can help protect our living greenspace. Upon realizing that all students can make a change, our school decided to learn more about pollinators. We have discovered a beautiful pathway of inquiry as we continue to study and understand the importance of bees in our everyday lives. This inquiry is now leading students to the outdoors, where hands-on learning is the truest form of discovery. We are planning and creating a bee garden, with the help of parent-council, a Bee City School committee and the Eco-Club. We hope to build upon this endeavor for years to come and we are in the process of planning a permanent, outdoor learning space with indigenous plants and spaces to sit and observe.