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Teenagers participating in the
MPRB's summer youth employment
and training program will
help care for the pollinator habitat.
This was a major factor when
designing the project. Instead of
a complex prairie planting, a simplified
plant palette will feature
blooms from spring to fall and
be planted in large color blocks.
This approach will make it easier
for teenagers to identify desirable
plant species and feel more confident
while weeding. Teens will
participate in community science
work - such as the Backyard
Bumble Bee Count - learn to
use iNaturalist and discover the
actions they can take at home to
benefit pollinators.
Enhancing Onsite
Education
The project also includes enhancement
of onsite interpretation. A primary
focus will be the park's shipping
container, which stores a fleet
of bikes and helmets that neighborhood
children and youth may use
for free. The shipping container will
feature large-scale photo banners
highlighting native plants and pollinators,
as well as the importance
of pollinators - especially in their
caterpillar state - to nourish baby
birds. Did you know it takes 6,000
to 9,000 caterpillars to raise a single
clutch of chickadees?
In addition to onsite interpretation,
MPRB
Environmental
Education staff are excited at the
prospect of readily accessible pollinator
habitat to feature as part of
Drop-In Discovery (DID). DID
programs are led by a naturalist
who engages any youth playing in
the park in nature-based investigation.
These are free programs, and
no registration is required so that
all children may participate. This
style of program is ideal for park
spaces that do not have a staffed
building or regular programming.
Guided exploration of the pollinator
habitat will help children foster
wonder and curiosity about nature
and help us grow the next generation
of park stewards.
MaryLynn Pulscher is Manager of Environmental
Education and Youth Employment at the Minneapolis
Park and Recreation Board (mpulscher@
minneapolisparks.org).
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