MRS. GROUNDS’ NATURE-LOVING 2ND GRADERS

100 SCHOOLS
Our class hatched a Monarch Butterfly in early Fall. It was such an amazing experience for us all. This experiment launched a big interest in Monarchs and learning as much as we could about them. We heard of this project and all agreed that we’d like to make our two flower beds Monach habitats. We had already been maintaining the flower beds, and couldn’t have been more excited for this opportunity!

Friend School Kindergarten Garden

Mrs Howard and Ms Bonnie are the kindergarten teachers at Friend. I (a parent of one of the students and also a contractor) signed us up to construct a monarch garden right outside the classroom door. Today we finished Construction, all of the students were able to participate by scooping dirt into the bed and then spreading the seeds for planting. We had perfect weather and we all thoroughly enjoyed the project. Mrs Howard is using the project as an opportunity to teach the children about butterflies (and monarchs specifically.) We all had a blast!

WildCare Oklahoma Pollinator Garden

WildCare is Oklahoma’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation center taking in over 7,000 animals each year. We welcome hundreds of visitors each year as they drop of wild animals in need of help and our entry garden has been created as a pollinator and wildlife garden to demonstrate the importance and beauty of creating and maintaining wildlife habitat in home, business, and school landscapes.

Mark Twainers for Monarchs!

At Mark Twain Elementary, we have 2 raised beds each measuring 5’x10′ ft. amounting to 100 sq ft. total. We have 40 plants (milkweed, Echinacea, verbena, salvia, native grasses, etc.) purchased from Prairie Winds Nursery and Sanctuary Gardens and Wellness. The zoo provided a grant for initial materials. The garden is easily viewed from both the street and playground.

Pollinator Habitat – Murray County

We have created to small pollinator gardens. The first was planted in the fall of 2019 and the most recent in February 2021. The newest habit was planted in our flower bed right in front of the office. We plan to add a rain barrel and different varieties of milk weed.

Alfalfa Co. Conservation Monarch Habitat

This project was so much fun! Can’t wait until we are safe to have our elementary students help us continue to plant seeds for our habitat in the future. (this was the original plan until Covid-19 changed our plans just a little). We marked off a 24’X24′ plot for our seeds to grow. This is near the road so our community can drive by or get out and observe our accomplishments. Myself, my son and his friend (Ty & Dakota) planted this plot just West of our office building. Even the older kids can have a lot of fun with this awesome project.