This is the 2nd year REACH has done the Pollinator Nest project. See our previous project in 2017-2018.
Pollinators Homes is a Green Steps project for restoring habitat. This Green Steps project has 3 components:
- Students learn something about restoring habitat
- Do something to restore habitat
- Teach others about what they have learned about restoring habitat
We planned this project as a field trip to Harbison State Forest for students of all ages. The Rangers have a certified wildlife habitat at the Education Center. Our students are able to do community service helping with this habitat garden…and learn about the environment.
Ranger explains how to cut bamboo shoots.
LEARN: This particular lesson has two components: an environmental awareness project and a community service project.
- Environmental awareness: Pollinators are necessary to the habitat
- Community Service: Volunteers are needed to help maintain the wildlife habitat
The students learned about the various sources of pollen and the role of insects to spread the pollen. They learned about the way queen bees lay their eggs. Bees are smart!
These are the pollinator nests we made.
DO: Our students used saws and hand clippers to cut segments of bamboo. We bundled the segments together with twine. The queen bees will be able to lay eggs in these tubes. Rangers and parents helped. It was a great team effort.
We placed about a dozen bee homes in the habitat garden, so our students can bring others to visit there. And another dozen or so bee homes went home with individuals.
We also raked, weeded and mulched the flower beds to prepare for the flowers to bloom. Hummingbird feeders were also set out and water sources were cleaned and prepared for other wildlife visitors in the garden.
Students place their pollinator nests in Harbison State Forest Garden.
TEACH: Students were very excited that bees would be coming to visit these little homes. They are eager to tell their friends and families about the importance of bees and other pollinators. A few took the leftover supplies to go home to make more and teach others about pollinators.
Here’s one of our garden club students explaining the water bath they have set up for the pollinators. Bees are important to our environment.
Read more about our Green Steps Projects 2018-2019: