Students at Benner Elementary School on Wednesday got their hands dirty as they planted a pollinator garden next to their vegetable garden. As a satellite to the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden at Tom Tudek Memorial Park, the garden will be a living classroom for the students to learn about threatened pollinators.
Penn State Master Gardener Pam Ford taught the students about bees and monarch butterflies and how they pollinate. She held out a female monarch, which they named “Beth,” as she talked about its migration to the South. After applying a butterfly safe sticker tag to its wings, the students wished it well as it took flight.
The Master Gardeners work with schools, neighborhood groups and community organizations to develop pollinator-friendly habitats throughout the region, according to the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden’s website.
Various other schools in Centre County, including Radio Park, Philipsburg, Port Matilda and Mount Nittany elementary schools, also have satellite gardens.
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In total, the Master Gardeners have about 40 satellite gardens, according to the website.