ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia 4-H is celebrating National Pollinator Week virtually throughout the week of June 22-28, 2020. The celebration showcases facts, resources and activities and highlights youth who participate in Georgia 4-H pollinator programs.
“Pollination is simply fascinating,” said Kasey Bozeman, Extension 4-H Specialist for science and environmental education programs. “Globally, nearly 80% of plants grown for human consumption require animal pollination. It is vital for our existence. Most folks probably think of bees and butterflies when they think about pollinators. Those are great examples, but other animals such as ants, flies, birds and even bats pollinate plants.”
Georgia 4-H is proud to be part of the 4-H Pollinator Habitat Program presented by National 4-H Council and Corteva Agriscience. The program aims to engage youth on the importance of the habitat for pollinators and to establish quality pollinator habitats at approximately 50 sites across the country. Several Grady County 4-H’ers are participating in this grant-funded program and will have the opportunity to teach about the importance of pollinating animals throughout the year. Additionally, they will be establishing a local pollinator garden near Shiver Middle School in Pelham, Georgia, that will be used as a teaching site in the community.
“I’m eager to see the team in Grady County implement their project,” comments Bozeman. “They have already worked hard at establishing relationships in their community with Corteva Agriscience and Quail Forever. Once the garden is planted later this year, it is going to be a tremendous educational resource.”
This year, Georgia 4-H has also introduced the Pollinator Ambassador program. More than 25 high school youth from 12 counties have been selected as Pollinator Ambassadors for the 2020-2021 program year. These ambassadors will share the importance of pollination, pollinating animals, pollinating gardens and the connection of pollination to our food supply within their communities.
To join the National Pollinator Week celebration, visit the Georgia 4-H Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Georgia4H.
Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.
–Cristina deRevere, Georgia 4-H