GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Horticulture agents with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences extension helped develop a tool to teach students about pollinators.
Nicole Pinson and Alicia Lamborn helped create a curriculum called “Pollinator Power,” which uses interactive lessons and activities to teach students about the role pollinators play in producing food.
“Teaching youth about pollinators is important so they may develop an understanding of and appreciation for the link between pollinators and the food we eat,” Pinson said. “Some of our favorite foods, such as watermelon and blueberries, come from pollinated plants. Without pollinators, the food we eat would be limited.”
The curriculum includes a Pollinator Power safari kit, which contains bug jars, a butterfly net, magnifier and insect and flower rubbing plates. With these supplies, students can scout a garden or landscape for pollinator insects and animals. In another activity, students get to “be the bee” by hand-pollinating squash or zucchini flowers.