Wednesday, March 28, 2012
This week the buzz in the Education Department is more of “the Bzzz”…as in bees. As part of our annual Spring Festival of Flowers, 2800 K-2nd graders have been swarming through the bloom-filled garden stopping at nine different activity stations that teach botanical basics. They learn about the seed life cycle, pollination, flower adaptations and more through engaging puppet shows, dress-up storytelling, and crafts. One of the highlights has been the addition of a “Bee Olympics” active play area. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of TruGreen, we were able to create and print large honeycomb-shaped signs that showcase the amazing feats of strength and skill that bees must perform. Students are encouraged to test their own bee skills as they attempt to flap their “wings” 200 times per second, lift 1/3 of their own body weight, or smell a flower three yards away. It’s been fun watching them try as they buzz from sign to sign laughing and learning in our giant outdoor classroom! ~Mary Helen Butler, Education Director
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