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 PollinatorLIVE: Schoolyard Gardening Basics
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on March 24, 2010, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Eliza Russell and Nicole Rousmaniere of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and Cindy Wrenn, principal of Signal Hill Elementary in Prince William County, Virginia. This Seminar focused on creating school gardens, including steps, support, and ways to integrate gardening into the curriculum.

This is the first of two Web Seminars in a series from PollinatorLIVE. Eliza Russell and Nicole Rousmaniere began the presentation with background about "indoor children" and the need for schoolyard gardens. The presenters talked about goals, on-site resources, and potential sponsors for creating a garden at school. The second half of the presentation, delivered by Cindy Wrenn, gave participants a look at a current school garden and the history of its development. Ms. Wrenn also answered many questions about maintenance of the garden project.

Fifty-four (54) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Two participants attended the Web Seminar from countries outside the United States: Canada, and Mexico.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “Planning courses for next year - we want more botany; and are trying to make use of resources we have.”

  • “Loved the ideas for differentiated gardens by grade level!”

  • “Info on pollinators that I can use to present to our dept and maybe begin work at our middle school.”

  • “I really appreciated seeing the rationale for developing a garden as a wildlife habitat. I was inspired by the example of Cindy's school.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


Supported by
  • USDA Forest Service
Additional support provided by:
  • US Department of Agriculture: NRCS, NIFA
  • Partners in Resource Education
  • National Environmental Education Foundation
Produced by
  • Prince William Network (Prince William County Public Schools)

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 Underwritten in part by:USDA Forest Service