Funding helps Wolfville library present pollinator project

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With support from the TD Environment Fund, the Wolfville Library is successfully presenting the new Pollinator Project. Library staff member Alice Green, left, and branch manager TD Kentville Lori Nauss and her son Ethan look over some of the materials.

This summer, with the generous support of the TD Environment Fund, the Wolfville Library was able to successfully create and present The Pollinator Project, a three-month program of art and science based activities for children aged 3-12.

They focused on the importance of pollinators and their habitats, said librarian Alice Green, ultimately resulting in a new pollinator-friendly garden adjacent to the library.

Beginning with a garden design workshop and planting session in May, the community created a pollinator-friendly garden featuring plants such as meadowsweet, climbing honeysuckle, and hyssop. Butterflies were raised from caterpillars to ‘painted ladies’ at the checkout desk, Green said, and released outside. The weekly art drop-in sessions for children aged 7-12 have focused on bees and butterflies.

Local kids happily created “stained glass” butterfly art, drew close-ups of flowers and created honeycomb inspired art, she noted.

Perry Brandt, a Wolfville beekeeper, stopped by for a presentation about the necessity of bee pollination and protection of the bee population. He also brought along a demonstration beehive to display.

The grant also funded Annapolis Valley Regional Library purchases of new books and videos about pollination, bees, butterflies and pollinators to add to the regional collection.

Organizations: TD Environment Fund, Annapolis Valley Regional Library

Geographic location: Wolfville

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