“Pollinator Live” Electronic Field Trip April 13

Join PollinatorLIVE! on Wednesday, April 13 for an electronic field trip to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to learn about “Nature’s Partners: Pollinators, Plants and People.”  This free, interactive program will be broadcast and webcast live from 11 a.m. to noon Eastern Time in English and 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time in Spanish.  The program is geared toward students in grades 4 – 8.

The program is interactive so classrooms will be able to send in their questions during the broadcast to be answered by experts.  In addition, there will be pop quiz questions that students may answer online and the answers and results will be provided during the program.  An all-star cast of scientists and educators will be explaining pollination, plant-insect interactions, how to study pollinators, their importance to the food supply, and what people can do to help.

Congratulations to the 28 schools and community groups that were selected to receive pollinator garden grants through Project Learning Tree and the USDA Forest Service.  These gardens will involve youth from across the country in creating and sustaining pollinator gardens. For a list of the grant recipients and a short description of their projects, go to http://pollinatorlive.pwnet.org/gardening/grants.php

TO WATCH THE LIVE ELECTRONIC FIELD TRIP
There are two ways to receive “Nature’s Partners: Pollinators, Plants and People.”

1.  The program may be watched as a webcast on the PollinatorLIVE! web site at http://PollinatorLIVE.pwnet.org

On April 13, just go to the homepage and click on the links that will be available the day of the webcast. For a list of system requirements necessary to view the webcast, go to http://pollinatorlive.pwnet.org/program/participate.php

2.  The program will also be broadcast by satellite.  If your school or site has a C-Band or KU satellite dish, your media or technology specialist will be able to download the program for you.  Local education and cable stations are also able to download the satellite feed. If you would like to watch the program on your local channel, please contact your local provider and ask him or her to carry the program.  Satellite coordinates will be available April 1.

MORE INFORMATION
Go to the PollinatorLIVE! web site at http://pollinatorlive.pwnet.org to learn more.  The web site also features resources that meet National Science Education Standards for the classroom.  PollinatorLIVE! is geared toward students in grades 4 – 8, but there are lesson plans and activities of interest to teachers and students in all grades.

Questions?  Contact Kristy Liercke at lierckkx@pwcs.edu or at (800) 609-2680 or Tamberly Conway at tkconway@fs.fed.us or at 337-304-5872. PollinatorLIVE! is brought to you by the USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners in Resource Education, and many other sponsors and partners.

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