Outreach at 2012 Arbor Day and Earth Day Celebration
“Hey, I need to have more than bread for lunch! I’m hungry!” cried
Fiona as she looked longingly at Bianca’s full meal of a peanut butter
and jelly sandwich, carrots, apple and fruit juice. “Too bad, you said
you didn’t need pollinators for your food!” said Bianca smugly, and bit
into the sandwich.
Fiona and Bianca are characters in a series of skits developed by Kerry Lynott and Bernardo Niño to teach elementary school children about the importance of pollinators to agriculture and the environment, as part of the outreach program spearheaded by Penn State’s newly formed Center for Pollinator Research. During the 2010 Arbor Day and Earth Day celebration at Penn State’s Arboretum, Fiona and Bianca taught groups of students from the State College area about pollinators. The skits included information about what animals are pollinators – bees, flies, beetles, hummingbirds, even bats - how pollination works, and what foods are dependent on pollinators.
For more information about the Center’s outreach activities, please contact Bernardo Niño (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Harland Patch (email@example.com). For more information about the Arboretum at Penn State, please see http://www.arboretum.psu.edu/. For photos from the Pollinator Gardens, please see http://ento.psu.edu/pollinators/image-galleries/Pollinators2