School Name: Prairie Sky School, Regina
Campaign Name: Prairie Sky School Native Plant Garden
Campaign Description: After spending some time researching Saskatchewan Native Plants, the Taproots Class (Grade 6-8) has decided to create a Saskatchewan Field Guide of Saskatchewan Native Flowers. Along with the Starflowers Class (JK/K), we have been working on creating a Saskatchewan Native Plant Garden in our school yard. The older students are researching plant species to Saskatchewan Prairies and what their uses are. We have invited guest speakers into the classroom, have visited a local First Nations Medicine Garden, and are consulting with First Nations Elders as to the medicinal and healing properties of each plant. We have collected seeds for these plants and plan to grow them once our research is complete. We intend to create a field guide in order to share with local community members and schools. These plants will attract pollinators, birds, and new insects to our garden and community!
Campaign Results: By learning about our native prairie and the natural ecosystems, we also learned the history of this land. We learned the traditional uses of plants as medicines, their impact on animals and pollinators, and the importance of taking care of the prairies. In planting a native plant garden, we are helping our local community and attracting birds and pollinators.