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Old 07-28-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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Resources for Schools
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Whether it is a natural area in which plants tangle and flowers scramble or a more formally designed landscape, a school garden can provide both a source of inspiration and a learning resource that can be integrated through the school. A garden offers a direct way for students to learn about the environment and somewhere they can find a quiet place. Many gardens become a focal point for community engagement, a project that brings families and local businesses together.

Pollinators are easy to incorporate into a school garden. All that is needed is careful choice of plants and provision of nesting or egg-laying sites. Pollinators can be the subject of many lessons. The resources listed on this page will help you plan and design a garden, introduce you to the diversity of insect pollinators, and provide lesson plans and other teaching materials.

Online Curricula
Xerces Society Resources
Citizen Monitoring
Other Pollinator Resources (including websites, books, etc.)
Online Curricula
Smithsonian Institution
Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination
This resource includes a basic explanation of pollination, flower parts, pollinators, and several lesson plan ideas
Nature’s Partners: Pollinators, Plants, and You
This website includes detailed class curriculum, activities, and observation sheets

PBS American Field Guide
Co-evolution of Plants and Pollinators
The lesson plans on this website are for grades 9-12
The Power of Pollinators
Materials and resources to teach gardeners and naturalists about pollination, pollinators and every gardener’s role in pollinator conservation. Each module contains slides, notes and resources to help educators spread the word about pollinators.


The Xerces Society Schools
"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
Aldo Leopold

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