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Valley Park Middle School

Bee School Valley Park

Valley Park is a Bee School!

We’re very excited to partner with this dedicated group of educators and students who see it as their responsibility to bring back the bees and raise awareness about their importance. Over the past few years, the school has gone through a massive yard revitalization, with a key component being the creation of a wetland featuring native plants, many of which attract pollinators. The school has also established a community garden where students and other community members in this densely populated area of Toronto have access to green space.

July 2018

Bee School Application

Valley Park Middle School is located between the Thorncliffe and Flemington communities. The grounds of our school flow barrier-free into the Don Valley. Valley Park Middle school is excited about becoming a Bee City Canada School. It will help educate students about the benefits of pollinators and their important role in their ecosystem. The students and staff of Valley Park are very passionate in protecting pollinators and their habitats. There are about 800 species of bees in Canada. Pollination is the process of moving pollen from one flower to another. This produces fertile seeds. Most flowering plants are dependent on pollinators such as bees and butterflies not wind and water. Without pollinators, all of earth’s ecosystems and living beings will not survive. Bees are major pollinators, and one third of our food supply depends on them. Unfortunately, these wonderful creatures are decreasing in population because of pesticides and mites. It is our job to bring back the bees and raise awareness about their importance.

Working with Valley Park’s platinum status Eco-Club and bee team “Bee Valley Park” forms a strong team of students and teachers who are very ardent in rehabilitating the natural environment. We like to stay connected with nature in our school community and are constantly looking for ways to improve our school wetland and garden. Over the past few years, our school went through a massive yard revitalization. One of the key components was the creation of a wetland at the back of the school. Currently, our school diverts all the rainwater that collects on the roof and channels it through a bioswale to our wetlands. This wetland has a holding tank that stores the rainwater. This water is used to irrigate the school field during dry periods. This wetland has been planted with only native plants. The vast majority of the plants that we used were selected to attract more pollinators. We are excited about increasing the diversity of our plant species in our wetland.

Not only does our school have a wetland, we are currently in the process of developing a community garden. Our school is located in one of the most densely populated areas of Toronto. Most of the students of the school live in an apartment building. As a result, there is a real shortage of green spaces, especially for vegetable gardens. It is projected that this community garden might have up to 50 garden plots. By encouraging more bees, we will definitely help the community vegetable garden.

July 2018
Bee School Valley Park

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