The “Wild” program is a year-long progression of nature-based classroom and field lessons about native pollinators.
Inter-generational working groups comprised of students and teachers from K-12 public schools across New York City, parents, and college-aged conservation interns will come together to learn about basic gardening techniques with native plants. They will engage in hands-on STEM-focused activities, and they will use their newfound knowledge to create wildlife habitats at school, in their community, and in their national park.
Using their local schools, gardens, and parks as real-life learning laboratories, the “Wild” program teaches kids about local pollinators, their habitats, and the causes of their decline.
Students also learn basic gardening techniques and use their newfound knowledge to grow the native plant species that pollinators need to survive. With the help of their teachers, parents, grandparents, and community members, students plant thousands of native plants in their Eco-Schools and at local parks, creating dozens of new pollinator-friendly school gardens while restoring important habitat in their closest national park. These actions support the goals of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a campaign of the National Pollinator Garden Network, supported by both NWF and NPS.