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 🙂

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Hope Cox

Hope is an urban farmer, garden educator and foodie transplanted from Tennessee to SoCal in 2014. She hopes to move out of the big city one day to pursue the life of a sustainable farmer; but in the meantime loves to teach elementary kids about how food is grown, nutritious and tasty recipes and connecting with nature.