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May Dirt

Protect Our Pollinators

We owe it all to the birds and the bees. No, seriously! Birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, wasps, and other insects are the key ingredient in making sure we have food to eat, flowers to enjoy, and a healthy plant population to sequester carbon, prevent soil erosion, and supply us with fibers and raw materials for so much that we do. Did you know that one in every three bites of food we eat exists because of pollinators? [fact provided by Pollinator Partnership]

Much to the detriment of everyone on earth, pollinator populations are in rapid decline due to loss of nesting and feeding habitats, pollution, pesticides, disease, and climate change. Pollinators need our help! It's time to give back to those who have given us so much.
Here are some ways that we can protect our pollinators:

Make a Bee Bath | Follow the super quick instructions given to create a drinking/bathing area for local bees of all species.

Become a Citizen Scientist! | Insight Citizen Science is an app that enables anyone to 'contribute meaningful scientific data by observing pollinators & recording your findings in the app.' Learn all about identifying pollinator species and engage in their conservation.

Build a Bee House | Help reverse habitat loss for solitary bee species by building a cozy bee home!

Create a Pollinator Friendly Garden | Check out this beautiful resource for attracting and feeding pollinators of all types. No piece of land is too small, even a window box will do wonders for local critters!

Celebrate Pollinator Week | June 17th to 23rd, 2019 is Pollinator Week! Check out the link to see local celebratory events and other ways to get involved and spread the word about pollinators. We will certainly do our part too!

Help Get Pollinator Week 2019 Officially Claimed in NY and NJ | Write or call your governor to ensure that Pollinator Week is proclaimed in your state for 2019!

Host a screening to raise awareness | The Guardians and Pollinators Under Pressure are two examples of pollinator-focused films
 
How will YOU help save the pollinators this spring and summer?
Let us know!
We can all make a difference.

Dig into The Dirt

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A Look Back and a Look Ahead
by Ayla Dunn Bieber
Stewarding our Earth
by Paul Tappenden

Upcoming Events & Announcements

Be Part of our Website Re-Design!

 
We are working with marketing agency 829 Studios on a website redesign project and would love to hear from YOU! As a member of our community, your feedback is so important to us in creating this new digital experience. Please feel free to answer any questions that you are comfortable with on this brief survey. We appreciate you taking the time to help us in this exciting endeavor!

Seeking Containers!


Calling all snackers! We've got a new and exciting sustainability initiative planned for this summer and we need your help. We're collecting 16 ounce, plastic containers, preferably with screw on lids such as the one pictured. If you're a frequent consumer of treats packaged in such a way, we'd love if you could save them for us! Feel free to drop them off at our office, or if your child is attending camp, send them along at the start of camp. Thanks in advance for making our sustainability dreams come true!

Can You Dig It?


Well, folks, that does it for another year of The Dirt! Thank you for being a part of this community with us. We'll be putting down the computer mouse and picking up the trowel, heading out into the warm summer air to get DIRTY at camp!

Follow along with us on Instagram and Facebook @thenatureplacedaycamp, and look out for announcements about our summer events, including our End of Summer gathering, which all are welcome to attend!

Hope to see you out there!

"The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May" 


-Edwin Way Teale
 
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