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A tool to increase students’ understanding in science, math, & language arts by connecting them to plants, pollinators, food, & gardens

Welcome to the bee-utiful world of garden and habitat-based learning!

Goal

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.

Overview
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.

Target 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.
Pollinator Partnership

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.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Your Pals at the Pollinator Partnership

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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!

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    Donors will receive recognition on the www.pollinator.org website!

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    As thanks to your support you will receive the beautiful “Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Using Native Plants” publication! This full color guide helps you create a pollinator-friendly garden by explaining how gardening connects us to nature and helps us better understand how nature work. Your name will also be included on the Pollinator Partnership website!

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    You will receive a copy of "Bee Basics: An Introduction to Our Native Bees" by authors Beatriz Moisset and Stephen Buchmann. It is a wonderful and engaging entre into the hidden world of North America's native bees. The full-color 40 page booklet is jam-packed with information about how representative bees of 3,500 species inhabiting the US and bordering areas make a living, which flowers they visit, and more. Included are tips for easy things gardeners, home owners and naturalists can do to protect and conserve bees and their flowers. Your name will also be included on the Pollinator Partnership website!

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    You will receive a copy of "Bumble Bees of the Eastern United States" or "Bumble Bees of the Western United States." Now, for the very first time, there's a guide to all species of bumbles bees occurring either east or west of the 100th Meridian in the United States. Detailed color photos of bumble bees on their favorite blossoms are presented, along with detailed dot distribution maps for where they occur. Additional facial photos, crucial for identification, are illustrated. Information on the natural history of each species is discussed including common food plants and life history information. Your name will also be included on the Pollinator Partnership website!

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    Thanks to your generosity, you will receive a BeeSmart™ School Garden Kit. Your name will also be included on the Pollinator Partnership website!

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    Thanks to your generosity, you will receive 2 BeeSmart™ School Garden Kits. And your name will also be included on the Pollinator Partnership website!

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    Thanks to your generosity, you will receive 3 BeeSmart™ School Garden Kits and 1 refill kit. You will also receive the beautiful Pollinator Pathways poster! A stunning rendition of the miraculous seasonal migrations of North American pollinating species in search of food, forage and nesting sites is a fragile, awe-inspiring treasure. And your name will also be included on the Pollinator Partnership website!

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    Thanks to your generosity, you will receive 4 BeeSmart™ School Garden Kits. You will also receive the beautiful Pollinator Pathways poster! A stunning rendition of the miraculous seasonal migrations of North American pollinating species in search of food, forage and nesting sites is a fragile, awe-inspiring treasure. You will also be recognized on the Pollinator Partnership website as a major Kit sponsor for 1 year.

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    Thanks to your generosity, you will be an acknowledged sponsor on the next run of our BeeSmart™ School Garden Kit curriculum and on the Pollinator Partnership website for 2 years and will receive 4 BeeSmart(TM) School Garden Kits and 2 refill kit. You will also receive the beautiful Pollinator Pathways poster! A stunning rendition of the miraculous seasonal migrations of North American pollinating species in search of food, forage and nesting sites is a fragile, awe-inspiring treasure.

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