Buzzy pollinators at Foster

Today was super fun as we learned about pollinators at Foster! Together we learned that this rather large word means animals that spread pollen from flower to flower so that plants can grow fruit; and what kind of animals accomplish this task. We came up with bees, butterflies, bats and hummingbirds!

I showed them pictures (from the internet) of each animal in action. It was interesting to watch the kids’ expressions when they discovered that the yellow stuff on the fuzzy bees is pollen! (they were convinced originally that it was honey ;))The kids were even surprised to find out that bats pollinate, too, when they stick their heads in tube-like flowers to collect nectar!

Then we played a fun game inspired by Ranger Jeff. I hid 5 jars of blue-tented water around the garden and challenged the students to collect “nectar” with straws. They dropped the nectar onto a main jar (the “hive).

Then we discussed the difficulty of this activity. Many kids had trouble creating a suction with their finger on the straw. Others only wanted to go to the close jars, while still others preferred the further jars because they were filled higher with water! I explained that bees will fly up to 10 miles to collect nectar!! That’s my house to this school!! Can you imagine being a tiny little creature and flying that far (really 20 miles round trip if you’re going back to the hive!)?

Something to ponder upon,

– Ranger Hope 🙂


Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.