According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website, “Pollinators, such as most bees and some birds, bats, and other insects, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables.”
When kids form an early understanding of the importance of pollinators, it sets them up to lead pollinator-friendly lives. If Kidzu plants the seed of interest with our multitude of exciting Pollinator Week activities, we need your help to continue educating them!
To aid you, we’ve compiled a list our top five, family-friendly activities you can engage in to preserve pollinator populations:
1) Start a pollinator garden. Like The Front Yard garden at Kidzu, blossoming with herbs and flowers galore, a home garden provides ground for pollinators to do what they do best. Mint, squash, tomatoes, rosemary, poppies, and sunflowers make up a portion of pollinators' favorite produce!
2) If you can’t maintain your own garden, buy local, fresh produce from someone who can. Our To Market, To Market program takes place every Tuesday, and brings kids to the Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market outside University Place. They speak with local farmers, buy vegetables, and then cook yummy recipes in the Kidzu kitchen! Supporting organic farms ensures bees continue to have places to pollinate, and it benefits the community as well!
3) Support your local beekeeper. These individuals nurture bees for a living and provide communities with healthy bee produces to consume! They foster prolonged pollinator survival.
4) Provide water. Pollinators are thirsty! Leave a small dish or bird bath of water outside your home. Hydrated pollinators will hang around much longer!
5) Lobby for change. The Environmental Protection Agency permits the use of pesticides that are incredibly harmful to pollinators. Take the opportunity to give your child a civics lesson, and help them write letters to or call their Congressional representatives on behalf of the pollinators (they can’t do it themselves)!
Have any other pollinator-saving tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below! Also be sure to share stories and photos with us if you try any of these out!