When joining Roots and Shoots, kids get to choose to join projects in their area or create a project tailored to their own interests. Last year, Fi chose to build a bee sanctuary in her yard and also spoke at her school to educate other kids about the importance of bee conservation. One question she kept getting from other adults and kids that followed her conservation journey was "Could you come to my house and help me set up a bee sanctuary of my own?" so this year her project is to help others create bee sanctuaries of their own while educating them on basic bee conservation facts. The quarantine situation threw a little bit of a wrench in her plans but luckily we'd already made it to a few houses. When making a bee sanctuary in your own yard there's a few things to keep in mind. We'll let fi give you 3 quick tips!
This is a great time to get outside and transform your backyard into a pollinator's paradise. As you can see, you don't need a sprawling backyard to create a paradise because even pots on a porch or stoop can do the trick! Here are some sanctuaries her group has worked on so far this year.
Don't forget to provide a source of water for our pollinator friends! Something as simple as the little dish Fi brings to all of the houses she visits will help any pollinators int the area. All you need is a dish, rocks for pollinators to land on, and water!
Now is a great time to think about what conservation project you could do to improve the area around you. Maybe its bee conservation, or it could be building a garden to help with food insecurity in your area. It could even be something more active like plogging which is picking up trash while out jogging! The skies the limit so take a few minutes to discuss what could be a great earth day activity for your family today!