Buzzing Bees

Thursday October 27th .Today was all about Bees and Pollination!

We first started off by looking at our small experiment from last week. The seeds we had put in the jar. Since it was a whole week, the corn started to germinate first, and even started to develop some roots, wow!

Look at how big those corn seeds got in one week!

Look at how big those corn seeds got in one week!

I reminded them about how on the first day of garden class we had told each other our favorite fruit or veggie, but guess what? None of those would exist if it weren’t for our lovely pollinators, bees! We talked about how a bee pollinates a flower, what the nectar is, and how pollen is transferred because it attaches onto the bees’ body and legs.Then we all pretended to be bees! We divided into groups, each group got a clear straw. There were five cups set up around the garden, and they had to find them and get the “nectar” from the cups and bring it to our “hive”. It all took a while, and we realized how much hard work bees do just to get nectar and pollinate.

Getting that nectar!

Getting that nectar!

Putting the nectar into our "hive."

Putting the nectar into our “hive.”

 

I also brought some lilies for the kids to see some good, easy access pollen. Everybody got a small paint brush to get some pollen from the flowers and examine it with their own eyes.

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A bee came and visited before one of the classes arrived!

A bee came and visited before one of the classes arrived!

We ended with a little taste. Apples and honey! Honey because it’s the result after the pollination, and apples because it’s made possible thanks to bees!

-Ranger Cindy

 

Cindy Soto