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Feed the Bees

Stark Parks is partnering with Sandy Valley Local Schools for the Feed a Bee forage initiative funded through the Feed a Bee grant by Bayer North American Bee Care Program.  The goal of the initiative is to provide quality bee forage habitat in all 50 states. The priority area for the grant includes a dedicated planting or habitat restoration to establish pollinator forage and using education to encourage others to plant pollinator-Friendly flowers.

The Sandy Valley Science Club, led by Nicki Gordon-Coy, will be planting a bioswale near the shelter at Fry Family Park using high-quality bee forage plants purchased with grant funds.  A bioswale is designed to filter runoff water before it goes back into nearby bonds, streams, and groundwater. Bioswales are often filled with vegetation to improve the filtration process, as well as increase the aesthetic of where it is located.  The plants chosen to be planted at Fry Family Park are all native plants known to provide high-quality nectar for bumblebees and other pollinators. Following the installation of the plants, the Sandy Valley Science club will be responsible for regular maintenance and weekly weeding. 

The students will be using the information they have gained through the activities associated with the grant to present information on the targeted pollinators at the pollinators summit, sponsored by the Carroll County Farm Bureau.  This event will take place on February 18th at 7:00 pm at the Carroll County Friendship Center.

The Sandy Valley Science Club currently has 61 members and is open to students in grades 6-12.  Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month in room 106 from 2:20-3:30.