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Stewartville Kindergartners Learn the A-Bee-C's of Pollinators

May 22, 2019 05:46 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- They’re our greatest pollinators: A single bee can pollinate up to 5,000 flowers in a day.

But colonies are dying off at a rapid rate. According to National Agricultural Statistics, over the past 70 years there's been more than a 60 percent drop in the number of bee hives in the U.S.

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So to get young kids thinking about what they can do to help our bees, dozens of Stewartville kindergarten students hopped on a bus and took a field trip to Garten Marketplatz Perennial Farms in rural Byron.

“This is a culmination of our plant unit,” said Jen Oelkers, a kindergarten teacher at Bonner Elementary. “We spent about 2 weeks kind of talking about why plants are important, what parts of the plants you eat.”

“We have been doing this with kindergartners for about 18 years now,” said Elsa Lantz, the garden manager at Garten Marketplatz. “Some years we focus on different plants, but this year we decided to focus more on pollination.”

Tuesday through Thursday this week, about 160 students will get to explore gardens, get hands-on lessons about different flowers and have a chance to pot a Bubblegum Blast Bee Balm.

“I'm going to give it to my dad to give to Sargent’s,” said Neva Blazing.

“I’m going to plant it with my grandma,” said Maya Romens.

“I’m going to give it to my dad for Father's Day,” said Jackson Campbell.

“Whether you have a small balcony or a small space, if you can think ‘what can I plant that helps the bees?’ it makes a big difference,” said Lantz.

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