This project will engage community youth (post-secondary students) through the Protecting Pollinator Habitat Project, an initiative to learn about the benefit of native pollination during the summer months.
The Pollinator Themed Youth Stewardship Program will engage youth in activities that benefit native pollinators (bees and butterflies). The program will hire one project supervisor and four postsecondary students looking for meaningful work in rural Ontario during their summer breaks. The program will have three focus areas: outreach, land stewardship, and field trip learning.
For the outreach program, the students will work with local bee producers and a local wildflower farm to create literature to distribute at existing Township events. Students will also work with the local nurseries to prepare in-store displays and stickers that will identity and promote specific pollinator friendly plants.
The land stewardship program will have the students improve pollinator habitat throughout the Township by completing litter clean-ups, organizing manual invasive species control events, enhancing pollinator habitat within existing gardens and preparing new plots and signage for pollinator gardens at public parks.
Field trip learning will provide opportunities for the students to see how honey is produced, learn how a native wildflower farm operates, and see visual examples of pollinator gardens planted several years ago.
The Pollinator Themed Youth Stewardship Program is made possible through the Ontario150 Partnership Program grant through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.