A Palmer Ridge student has taken her passion for plant pollination throughout the community. Palmer Ridge senior Megan King has been building bee hotels and plant-pollinator gardens for a Girl Scout project. She started the project knowing she wanted to do something for the environment. She began by creating designs for the bee hotels and gardens. She reached out to community members in Monument and Fountain to assess the best homes for her environmental endeavors.
Megan has been a Girl Scout since age 5 and is now a Girl Scout Ambassador. To complete this project, she worked with a mentor to assure she was meeting the necessary requirements. Her efforts recently led to a Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award a Scout can earn. She was required to fulfill 80 hours’ worth of work and participate in a rigorous approval process for her project.
“This project is very important to me because it’s the largest project I’ve ever worked on, and aside from some help from my parents and advice from my mentors, I’ve done the project alone. It was a great opportunity for me to learn about my strengths and weaknesses and figure out what methods for keeping myself organized and on-track work best for me. I’m very happy to be able to help the bees and other pollinators in my community through this project, especially with the issues that bees are having as of late (with such things as colony collapse disorder).”Megan King, Palmer Ridge senior
To create the pollinator gardens, Megan used native plants and popular flowers that attract pollinators like bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Megan has added multiple pollinator gardens throughout the community, including Prairie Winds Elementary School.
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