Collins-Maxwell’s pollinator planting day was a huge success! We had both sections of second grade and third grade students participate.

Pollinator species, like butterflies and bees, are in decline for many reasons. One of those reasons is the loss of their habitat. Collins-Maxwell Elementary School is working with Story County Conservation to provide more habitat by way of a garden. Students planted, researched and will be taking care of this garden plot. This garden is made possible by a REAP-CEP grant Story County Conservation received, Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge, and numerous other collaborators to involve students in habitat restoration.

The students have also been learning about the importance of honey bees. On the day of the planting, Steve Rimathe, third-grade teacher at C-M, brought in approximately 5,000 live bees in his observation hive for students to examine.