Thanks to a Campus Enhancement Award from the SUNY Canton College Foundation, the Peace Garden has been adorned with native perennial wildflowers and other late-blooming plants that provide an ideal food source and environment for pollinators.
“European Honeybees, North American bees and Monarch Butterflies are declining in number, primarily due to habitat loss and pesticides,” said Rajiv Narula, Ph.D., an assistant professor who teaches an introductory course in environmental science in the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. “But we can help our buzzing friends in a number of ways, including working to create homes for them.”
Students in Narula’s course will be responsible for upkeep of the garden, along with members of the Environmental Change Organization Club.
“This is a great applied learning opportunity for students that augments lessons about environmental degradation and habitat loss,” he added.
The project is one facet of the college’s overall commitment to sustainability and enhances the health, biodiversity and aesthetics of the campus’ landscape. The garden also supports a New York State executive order to reduce pesticide use and adopt sound practices to protect pollinators. For more information about the project, or to get involved, contact Sustainability Coordinator Kelly Carter at email@example.com.