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Spread awareness on our Honey Bees and get girls involved in Science.
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I wish to clean up our local park here in Belvidere so the park will be better for the wildlife and look better.
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Using the resource guide, Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden (Xerces Society/Smithsonian Institution, 1990) we've designed a 7' x 7' sun-filled garden for our project. We will remove sod to form beds and amend the clay soil with organic compost. In May we will visit the Brandywine Conservancy Native Plant Sale to purchase a number of native flowers and shrubs that will serve as host plants for various species (as well as nectar plants for adults). The plants we choose will be based on the suggestions from the Xerces Society, Brandywine Conservancy as well as Douglas W. Tallamy's book, Bringing Nature Home. Each plant or shrub will be native to the U.S. and beneficial to at least one butterfly species.
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We're going to build a butterfly garden!!
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JHS227 will collaborately establish an inter-disciplinary school garden. We are starting with 22 Simplicity rose bushes that were established last spring in our schoolyard. Our goal is to increase the biodiversity of our concrete jungle by supporting our pollinators. We are researching the types of plants and or shrubs we can plant in and around our already established raised beds. The plants need to be Bee, Butterfly and Bird friendly. We are also creating a more esthetically pleasing and student friendly green space.
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Our group will build a butterfly garden. We have already secured a simple raised garden bed from another Roots and Shoots contingent within the city. Raised beds will be a better consideration for this project as digging on school ground may require permission from Miss Utility. As well, the school grounds are currently under construction so the garden may require moving after or during the construction has been completed. The group has discussed and planned for the materials that will be essential to the completion of the project. These include, but are not limited to: milkweed seeds (obtained), a location (identified), materials [garden bed(obtained), soil, fencing, shovels, gloves].
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Our project will teach others about the indigenous plants and animals in our habitats, while creating an engaging "tile" to help visualize each plant and animal.
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We will be beautifying a court yard behind our school that has been neglected for years. We will be adding plants, bushes, trees, decorative totems, decorative fencing, birdhouses, etc. We will have regular education students helping special needs students to create this space.
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Our garden project will not only beautify the new addition at our school, but it will help provide a safe habitat for important pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. We have already learned about the important job these pollinators do for all of us, now we are ready to plan and build our garden. We live in MN so we will have some time to prepare over the winter. We will study the best plants suited to our climate as well as the plants that pollinators enjoy the most. Throughout the winter we will have time to draw up the plans for our garden and order the supplies we need when spring arrives. Once the snow melts we will get busy digging our garden and planting the plants that will attract the pollinators. We are so excited to have our own garden. Once the garden gets growing we would love to add more plants that will benefit from the pollinators - like vegetables!
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We hope to put back trail signs and tree labels that were destroyed. We want to raise money to buy wood chips for one part of the trail. We also want to add one owl house, one bat house and three or four bird houses.

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