Learn about Native plants & Pollinators

Did you know 1 out of every 3 bites on your plate is possible only because of pollinators? As habitats are replaced by development, it's important to learn the significance of pollinators and how we can create native landscapes for them to thrive. 

Follow our Learn, Explore, Act Model to start making a difference!

Invasive plant Identification and Removal

 

How to plant a Native plant garden

 

How to maintain a Native plant garden

 

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  • Use our Bloom Calendar (coming soon) to look for specific faunal associations.

 

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  • Get native plants! Check out our native plant palette resource (coming soon) and order from our online nursery 

 

 

BE A PLANT SCIENTIST!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Pen or a pencil
  • Data Sheet
  • Optional: ruler/tape measure, string, thermometer

HERE ARE THE STEPS:

  1. Pick a plant, flower, tree or vegetable in your yard or neighborhood to observe.
  2. Every Day for 10 days, go outdoors and observe your chosen plant, flower tree or vegetable
  3. Fill out your Data Sheet, describing the weather conditions and anything else you notice about your plant, flower, tree or vegetable including color, height, texture, and animals that might be nearby.

BONUS: If you are observing an Indiana native plant, check out the Plant Finder at indiananativeplants.org and see what kind of pollinators it supports!  Pollinators are animals that move pollen from flower to flower. Examples of common pollinators are bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, and flies.

This lesson utilizes the following STEM Skills:

Analyzing, Classifying and Categorizing, Comparing and Contrasting, Identifying Attributes and Components, Observing