Step One: Classes from registered NYC Eco-Schools take autumn field trips to learn about plant-pollinator relationships, collect native plant seeds, count pollinators, and conduct soil experiments.
Organizing a field trip may be as simple as finding a nearby national park and asking for a ranger-led tour of its local habitat; most parks offer free ranger led tours! If you are in new york city, please feel welcome to ask for Ranger Dan at Gateway National Recreation Area, home of the Growing Wild program.
Before the field trip, have students complete our lesson one worksheet asking them to examine plant-pollinator relationships in their own lives. Teachers can also introduce pollinator-related vocabulary words using the resources in our STEM toolkit.
For the field trip itself, we have provided a citizen-stem focused lesson plan involving pollinator monitoring, soil observation, seed collection, and habitat overview.