A Prairie Pollination Field Trip!
A drawing by a Christian Heritage School student.
One of Steven Anderson’s favourite parts about working as the engagement coordinator for the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) Manitoba Region is being able to watch students connect with their natural environment. Usually this takes place in their classroom/schoolyard, and he has so much fun watching students run around with clipboards, noticing things that may never have caught their eye before. However, in early October, he had the opportunity to take students to a nearby NCC property to explore nature in a way some of them might never have before.
When he originally planned the trip, Steven was hopeful the Manitoban fall might cooperate, and that there might still be a few insects and flowers hanging on. Of course, October in Manitoba never cooperates. But, despite the chill in the air, there were still plenty of things to see. Together, Steven, students from Christian Heritage School and their teachers and chaperones explored NCC’s Yellow Quill Mixed Grass Prairie property, looking for various features that made this property a good habitat for pollinators and other animals. The students really enjoyed exploring the prairie, and Steven really enjoyed seeing them try to figure out what colour a dead flower might have been, and examining trees up close looking for holes in the bark. It was a day of fun and education!
We would like to thank the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Manitoba Habitat Heritage’s Conservation Trust for providing funding for our Manitoba Nature Education Program. If you want to see some really cute thank you cards from the students, click here. For more information about the Manitoba Nature Education Program, click here.