Third grade students from Beckemeyer and Coffeen Elementary Schools participated in the 4-H Pollinator Habitat Program at Bremer Sanctuary on Tuesday morning, Nov. 19.
The local students learned all about pollinators and their importance in conserving our planet.
The students were also given the opportunity to help maintain the sanctuary by scattering a variety of flower seeds to expand the current pollinator plot.
Students also learned about the history of Bremer Sanctuary and the importance of wildlife conservation.
In addition to hearing from the Bremer volunteers, the students got a chance to participate in the 4-H Honeybee Challenge. Under the guidance of 4-H Teen Teacher Elaan Bader, the students worked in groups to create mock pollinator paths.
Prior to the challenge, Bader spoke to the young children about pollinators, what they do and how they do it.
Ag in the Classroom Program Coordinator Rebecca Livingston was also on-site leading presentations on the 4-H program and encouraging the little learners in attendance to get involved.
With funds provided by the National 4-H Council and Corteva Agriscience, and in partnership with Pheasants Forever and Montgomery County 4-H, Bremer Sanctuary was able to provide pollinator education to local youth through school programs as well as Tuesday morning's planting event.
Montgomery County 4-H and the Litchfield area was one of seven sites across the country, awarded a nation-wide grant for the 2019 year.
The 4-H Pollinator Habitat Program works to educate youth about the importance of pollinators and encourages the establishment of quality pollinator habitats in local communities.
Local teens were trained in specialized curriculum to help deliver the educational program.