Though the morning started out a little chilly and drizzly, it didn't take long for things to get "buzzing" on the Allendale Middle School’s campus. "Things that Pollinate" was the theme of this year’s Allendale Community Days, a free event, which took place on June 13. Kids (and kids at heart) were able to enjoy a morning filled with fun science activities and hands on learning.
I spent the morning with my very own little "worker bee" as we prepped the dirt and dug holes in the pollinator garden in order to get ready for planting. This garden is specifically designed to attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Participants were able to choose from various native flowers and plant them in the garden. This garden will be used by students in the future for research projects and hands on learning experiences.
The smaller children had a great time "bee-ing" bees. They received a pair of antennae and were able to play a fun pollination game where they raced to transport pollen from one location to the matching colored flowers. They even got the chance to stop by the flower for a photo op.
Participants also had the opportunity to build a solitary bee house, participate in a Pollination Syndrome Scavenger hunt, get their face painted, learn what a bee sees, and find out what’s “making them sneeze”. Perhaps the most popular event of the afternoon was the unveiling of campus’ new bee hive! Bee experts gave a presentation on the bees, gave the participants and up close look at the bees, and were there to answer bee-related questions.
The day wrapped up with a free lunch, raffle drawings for prizes and the opportunity to name the Queen Bee, and dessert (honey sticks and ice-cream - yummy).
Volunteers from Team BizStream assisted in many of the functions of this community event from the early stages of planning, preparing materials, setting up and tearing down, registering participants, running activities and stations, and even grilling.
All in all, it was a great morning. I enjoyed spending time with my family, my BizStream co-workers, and the community.
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