ORE was awarded a grant to purchase supplies and host a field trip for this project from Serenoa Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. ORE partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County to provide this opportuntiy for hands-on learning. We had the pleasure of working with summer camp club members to get this project done. We learned about native plants and converted a little-used mowed turfgrass area into a pollinator-supporting patch of sunshine mimosa. We especially enjoyed seeing the kids interact with native plants. The field trip portion of this project takes the club members to Emerson Point Preserve where they learned about ecology, oysters, and a rare cactus (Harrisia aboriginum) that exists in southwest Florida and nowhere else in the world.
This project provides exposure to the natural world through hands-on experiential learning while improving habitat values on a local level. If you would like to provide support for projects like this contact ORE's Executive Director
This video shows one and a half hours of work condensed to 20 seconds. These kids did a great job!