The Pollinator Program Resources & Activities
The Friends of Flight 93, in partnership with the National Park Service, Powdermill Nature Reserve and Summer Smiles Honey Farm, are helping to cultivate the living memorial landscape at Flight 93 National Memorial that honors the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93 every day. With the help of our local apiculturist – or beekeeper – Darci Sanner, the Friends have set up and maintained eight honey bee hives at the memorial since the spring of 2018. These hives are now home to well over 500,000 bees.
The honey bee hives are separated in two different locations at Flight 93 National Memorial, both seeded with wildflowers – not only beautifying the memorial with wildflowers blooming from spring thru fall but also providing sustenance for the honey bees through cross-pollination. Powdermill was able to verify with native bee surveys that Flight 93 National Memorial is home to over 60 species of native bees – all of which visit the wildflower fields along with the honey bees!
Here we have gathered pollinator education resources in one location for educators, and have developed educational activities for students, teachers, and parents as a way to continue sharing the story of Flight 93 by exposing younger children via an emotionally safe topic. These education resources include games, activities, projects, and lessons that can all be completed by a teacher in a classroom, or by a parent at home, on honey bees, native bees, and pollination and its importance. All items are available digitally or in print. Currently, activities for students PreK to Grade 2 are available to experience via Google Classroom by using the class code: uylhmvj. With lessons and activities designed to engage children and students as young as preschoolers, these activities are applicable and enjoyable for adults with a thirst for knowledge and a love of the outdoors.
The Friends hope that families will bring their young children to visit Flight 93 National Memorial to see the hives, identify wildflowers, and search for our buzzing bees.
The Pollinator Project
The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial are working with the Pollinator Project! As part of the Friends Pollinator Project at the memorial, we have purchased a BeeSmart Garden Kit from the Pollinator Project! To receive an emailed copy of ANY of The Pollinator Project lessons listed below, simply use our request form to receive the lesson of your choice! It is THAT EASY!
Planet Bee Foundation
The Friends partnership with Planet Bee Foundation offers students a sponsorship to access high-quality environmental education E-STEM distance learning lessons. Lessons are FREE or very low cost. Program fees, if any, are on a sliding scale are available here. Title 1 schools or schools whose students receive Free or Reduced Cost Lunch (FRCL) of 50% or more receive Planet Bee educational programs at no cost. Schools with less than 50% of students enrolled in the Free Reduced Cost Lunch (FRCL) program receive a program's reduced price.
Since its inception in 2015, Planet Bee Foundation has educated over 30,000 students! Teachers can find distance learning program offerings on the website and in this short video!
Interested in these lessons for your students? Register with Planet Bee Foundation today for the lesson of your choice!
Looking for something educational to do online? Click here to find the Pollinator Popcorn Online Game!
For more background information on the Friends of Flight 93 Pollinator Program, click here.