Butterfly Garden / CC Wells Environmental Outdoor Classroom

November 21, 2017

The butterfly garden/outdoor environmental classroom at CC Wells Elementary school is to be added as an extension to the already existing vegetable garden at the school. The vegetable garden contains items such as spinach, bok choy, strawberries, blueberries, and milkweed. The two project volunteers for CC Wells is Amanda Moody and Michelle Terry. Amanda is the Ecology Club Advisor, and Michelle is the President of the PTA at CC Wells.

One of the educational goals is for students to learn is about the role of pollinators. Pollinators, such as bees, birds, and other insects, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables in gardens. The early planning stages of the project will identify which plants should be planted to attract butterflies in the spring season, and who will be providing routine maintenance for the project. Amanda has purposed that a local Boy Scout chapter help to provide garden maintenance throughout the school year and summer break. Successful completion of the project will include determining if there are enough resources to choose to create an outdoor classroom (curriculum included), and to develop signage outdoors around the garden space. A blog/website will also be created to track and document progress throughout the Connect the Dots Challenge and Green Apple Day of Service in 2018.

Intended impact of project

Reduced environmental impact
Increased environmental & sustainability literacy