Junior Master Gardener
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A Native Habitat Garden
Stonehouse Elementary School, James City County Ongoing
Native plant expert Jan Newton has been creating a native plant habitat garden at Stonehouse Elementary School in James City County. It's now been certified by the National Wildlife Federation.
A monarch butterfly pupa hangs under a leaf in the garden.
Summary: A certified wildlife habitat is not only beautiful, it gives critters a home.
Jan Newton used to spend her time with ballet and modern dance. When her knees wore out, she delved into native plants.
"Now I have fun digging instead of jumping," says the Williamsburg resident and member of the John Clayton Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society.
Lately, her digging has been in the form of a 5,900-square-foot habitat garden with more than 70 species of native plants at Stonehouse Elementary School in James City County. The National Wildlife Federation recently approved the space as a certified habitat garden.
Jan says it's easy and beneficial to create your own habitat garden at home and shares these tips on how to make it happen.
Nature Camp is a private, non-profit, residential, co-ed summer camp specializing in natural history and environmental science education, one of the oldest of its kind in the country. Since 1942 Nature Camp has sought to train a corps of interested, knowledgeable youth, 5th - 12th grades, to conserve and protect the environment and to become wise stewards of the earth's natural resources.
Ready, Set, Grow Program
Local grade schools
This is an in school program that covers each fourth grade class in the six Gloucester County Schools. The county Extension Office sets the dates and times for the Master Gardeners to visit the schools.
Beaverdam Park Late May or early June
Eco Expo is sponsored by Gloucester County and held at Beaverdam Park. This event gives 4th grade students from Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex counties an opportunity to experience farm animals, bee keeping , farm equipment, snakes, birds, forestry and a host of other interesting subjects.
Gloucester Master Gardeners have taught the Life Cycle of the Butterfly while concentrating on the Host and Nectar plants that Butterflies need to survive. Also stressed is the damage done by the use of herbicides and pesticides and loss of land areas due to development.