Saturday, October 23rd, 9am to 5pm
Johnston Elementary School, 47120
Rucker Street, Fort Huachucha
Pollinators Habitat Kit provides an opportunity for school communities (students, educators, administrators and community members) to learn the benefits of and steps involved in creating a Habitat for Pollinators.
Teachers and other community members will become empowered to create a safe place for wildlife to call home, and a teaching tool that can provide interdisciplinary, hands-on outdoor learning opportunities for improved student achievement. Participants experience planning steps and strategies, as well as educational activities that get students involved in designing and making their Schoolyard Habitats Project a success.
Desert Gardening is a program about the exciting relationship between animals and plants. It explores how animals play the role of pollinators, helping plants make seeds, as well as seed dispersers after pollination and seed production occurs. This Teacher Idea Packet provides activities to help you integrate these themes and your school’s new pollination garden into your curriculum.
Johnston Elementary is within Fort Huachuca, so workshop participants will need to get a day pass at the main gate. After following the road in, participants will arrive at a housing area and will see a school with the Johnston School sign. To park, turn on Rucker Street on the west side of the school and go down to the parking lot.
I) Workshop Overview and Introduction
II) Sonoran and Chihuahuan Desert, a general overview
III) Pollinators importance and their habitats.
1. Integrating Pollinators Habitats Project into Your Curriculum
2. Introduction to the Pollinator Habitat Kit
a) Background Information
b) Guide to Developing the Garden
- Planning the Garden Project
- Developing a Proposal
- Planning the Garden
- Designing the Garden
- Breaking Ground (Preparing the Site, Planting the Garden )
- Maintaining the Garden
- Using the Garden as A Study Site
- Garden Designs
- Plants Lists and information
1. Introduction to Desert Gardeners teacher’s Idea Packet
2. Pollination: a Vital Plant-Animal Partnership
3. Bats, Bees, Birds, and Blossoms
4. Flower Dissection
5. Pollination Strategies
6. Traveling Seeds
7. Creating a garden Journal
8. What’s the Buzz on Native Bees?
At the conclusion of the Pollinators Habitat Kit workshop, participants will be able to:
- define habitat and describe the essential components of habitats
- explain why conservation and restoration of habitats are important to wildlife, environmental health, students, and their local community
- explain the role of native plants in the Habitats site
- identify and mobilize community partners and resources
- model effective strategies for designing, implementing and using a Schoolyard Habitats site
- demonstrate how to facilitate students through the Schoolyard Habitats development process, while meeting curriculum standards
- demonstrate how to use a Pollinator Habitats site to enhance instruction and student achievement
At the conclusion of the Desert Gardeners workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify the structures of flowers important to pollination and plant reproduction
- Describe the process of pollination
- Understand the role of animals in plant reproduction as pollinators and seed dispersers
- Observe and describe pollinators visiting a schoolyard garden, home garden, or other natural setting