The first butterfly garden was established in 2019 at Baldwin High School.
MILDJVILLE, Georgia (41NBC / WMGT) – The Baldwin County School District is expanding its gardens by adding a butterfly garden.
First-graders at Lvick Elementary School were eager to get their hands dirty. They each took a garden shovel and began to distribute the garbage. Every school district has the opportunity to teach students about the pollen process.
“We want our students to learn where their food comes from, how they grow and how pollen beds are important for that whole process,” said Susan Nelson. She is the school nutrition director with the district.
Aketi Mayweather is a garden project manager with the school district. She says her first garden was established in 2019 at Baldwin High School.
According to Mayweather, the butterfly garden has given students the opportunity to pursue STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math).
To teach students about pollen, why is it important to have bees and butterflies, what are their functions in our ecosystem?
At Lakeview, elementary students have the opportunity to work with plants such as butterfly bushes, lantana and Joe-Pie weeds. Along with planting, students go to fraudulent hunters to learn more about what the garden attracts.
According to Mayweather, teachers appreciate this opportunity to participate in the new learning process.
As the cold months approached, the district said that it would put a layer of straw on the butterfly’s bed. After winter, they plant new plants.