Prior to the summer break, children in Gloucester elementary and middle schools had the opportunity to enhance their campuses with pollinator gardens through the Gloucester Schoolyard Habitats Pollinator Partnership.
The schools are partnering with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Virginia Master Naturalists in the project. The goals are to build simple, sustainable habitats that support a diversity of wildlife species, and to have teachers use the gardens as teaching tools. Local Master Gardeners are also assisting with the project.
Through the partnership, teachers will be provided with lesson plans, curriculum kits, training and ongoing mentorship to assist them with using the outdoor classrooms as a context for learning across all subject areas. The partners said they believe that successful implementation of the initiative will build capacity for improved environmental education in the schools.
In May and June, the pollinator ga...
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