Conservation districts now have a new tool in their toolkit for teaching the important topic of pollinators. NACD has released a free, first-of-its-kind curriculum, “A Guide to Conducting a Pollinator Conservation Field Day,” which is available for download through NACD’s new Conservation Education Hub. The guide was developed through support from the David Rockefeller Fund Pollinator Education Initiative Grant and the Pollinator Partnership (P2).
This new curriculum is designed to provide interactive learning experiences for grades K-8, engaging them in habitat-focused, pollinator-themed activities for the classroom and outdoors. Each activity has been correlated to education standards and provides a pathway to valuable partnerships with local soil and water conservation districts.
“By arming both traditional and non-traditional educators and facilitators with this field day guide, NACD will help provide additional avenues for communities to interact and forge relationships with their local conservation districts,” NACD President Tim Palmer said.
The new curriculum guides teachers and educators through the resources and tools needed to conduct a successful pollinator field day, including planning and implementation guidelines, materials and evaluation strategies.
“After years of population decline, pollinators need our help,” P2 President and CEO Laurie Davies Adams said. “We are pleased to help support NACD’s work to create this field guide, facilitating better awareness and understanding of our hardworking pollinators.”
This resource will be particularly valuable as conservation districts make plans for 2020 Stewardship week, to be held Apr. 26 – May 3, 2020. This year’s theme is “Where would we BEE without pollinators,” highlighting the import role that pollinators play in our food and environment. NACD offers additional resources on the webpage for all conservation districts to use.