These squash grew by themselves this year in the Boston Pre Release Garden.
One of my students drew this thinking he could not draw.
A lot of people stop thinking about pollination at this time of year. The bees are busy though for a while more, as long as we give them something blooming they will keep working into the colder weather.
Our Sheffield chrysanthemums are about to go nuts and then the bees will be back in full swing. I like to give the bees something to do for as long as possible.
In addition to bees, birds are big pollinators. I brought to class two abandoned birds nests.
The men were in awe of them and marveled at the architecture involved in this instinctive craftsmanship. We discussed the importance of pollination for all the world’s food sources and about habitats for pollinators. These nests provided an important and realistic study of one kind of pollinator’s habitat.
I love to introduce a larger theme and then use an up close and personal object to illustrate the point. The men left feeling respectful of habitats and pollinators. They are one step closer to understanding the work they do in the Emerald Necklace Parks is not just to make it a safe place, a beautiful place but also a healthy place for people AND pollinators alike!