Buzzing Bees Searching for Nectar

Last semester we learned about different friends and foes in the garden. This time around I taught the kids a little more about one of our favorite friends in the garden — the bee! We played a game with pipettes and ice cube trays to simulate how bees buzz around the garden collecting nectar and bringing it back to their hive.

When bees fly from flower to flower they get pollen on their bodies and transport it to other flowers. This exchange of pollen, or pollination, allows the flowers to make new seeds. At the end of class we talked about the many foods we wouldn’t have if not for bees! We finished by making using our fresh garden broccoli, one of the foods we can enjoy thanks to bees. We used our dried nasturtium leaves to make a side of tea to enjoy with our salad as well.

Happy buzzing!

Ranger Claire

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Claire Heddles

Claire is a researcher and sociologist who grew up in Tucson, AZ. She loves being outside and sharing the joy of growing with the kids at Utah Street School.