About this project
Welcome to the bee-utiful world of garden and habitat-based learning!
Our goal is to support teachers, administrators, after school programs, churches, and more in guiding students through a discovery process that will increase 3,000 students’ understanding in science, math, and language arts by connecting them to plants, pollinators, food, and gardens by creating habitat for pollinators with our BeeSmart(TM) School Garden Kit. We believe that getting children outside and into the garden is the most valuable part of this experience.
Raising $15K will put the gift of environmental education in the hands of at least 3,000 3rd through 6th grade students across the United States.
The Kit can be approached in 3 ways:
- Using school land to create or augment a garden habitat
- Using other demonstration areas to create or visit garden habitat
- Using only in-classroom lessons and on-line experiences without a garden
Each Kit has components that can be used at school, at home, and online to maximize the learning experience. Although we know a diverse group of schools will be using this Kit, we have included the California School Standards at the end of each Lesson Plan as a point of reference. There will also be recommendations that will help connect community resources to the outdoor classroom.
Audience and Goals
We have developed the BeeSmart™ School Garden Kit for school administrators, educators, teachers, garden coordinators, and parents for use with students in grades 3 to 6.
The BeeSmart™ School Garden Kit Includes:
- Pre- and post-tests
- 10 lesson plans with accompanying reproducible worksheets
- Materials for lesson plan activities
- Reproducible handouts
- Access to additional BeeSmart™ School Garden Kit materials on the Pollinator Partnership website at www.pollinator.org.
The Pollinator Partnership (P2) is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.
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Risks and challenges
The challenge with this project is to not only raise enough funding to create these Kits, but to also get these Kits into the hands of educators to teach their students about the importance of pollinators. This is a challenge that we are eager to tackle! Please join us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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