Native seed kits (Photo by NCC)
On Friday, May 22, 2020, International Day for Biological Diversity, and again on June 5, World Environment Day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and partners brought nature to families’ backyards in the Campbellford area through NCC’s Youth for Conservation project.
Thanks to generous support from Mike Wilson & Family, the Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation, Westben and Grow Wild, NCC staff prepared and delivered 78 native seed kits. These plastic-free kits, sent to interested participants, including the Westben’s Youth Choir and the Campbellford and District Horticultural Society, were distributed via contactless pickup in Campbellford. The seed kits included soil, native plant seeds, information on the seeds provided and an online tutorial on how to make pots out of toilet paper rolls.
The Youth for Conservation project’s aim is to get local school groups involved in NCC’s conservation work at the Mary West Nature Reserve, located just three kilometres outside of Campbellford. However, due to the impact of COVID-19, NCC staff came up with an alternative, creative solution to connect children to nature this spring. Thanks to community partnerships, NCC was able to get youth and families engaged with nature from their homes.
Once the seedlings have established, NCC encourages families to plant them in their gardens, which will contribute to local biodiversity and provide excellent food for our native pollinators, all in time to celebrate international pollinator week on the third week of June. Visit pollinator.org for fun activities and facts about pollinators.