Kids in the Garden Earth Day Event

Funded by a grant from Duke Energy through the Office of Advancement at UNC Pembroke

Tarheel Students in the Campus Garden

Students from Tarheel Middle School visited UNC Pembroke on Earth Day (22 April 2015) to learn about plants, pollination, gardening, GPS, and insect collecting. The day included instruction led by former graduate students, Dave Wimert and Corinne Jordan, as well as instruction by Drs. Rita Hagevik, Debby Hanmer, and Lisa Kelly, and by undergraduate student, Travis Michael, who is a volunteer in the campus garden.

Tarheel Students in the Botany LabTarheel Students Learn how to Make Paper Pots

This was a wonderful opportunity for students to experience hands-on learning in the botany lab, greenhouse, herbarium, and the campus garden.  Dr. Hagevik instructed the students about pollen and flower anatomy.  Dr. Hanmer and Travis gave a tour of the greenhouse, introduced the students to vermicomposting, and showed them how to plant seeds in handmade paper pots.  Dr. Kelly showed students different types of plants that are archived in the herbarium. Dave and Corinne taught the students how to use a microscope and how to illustrate their observations inside journals. 

Tarheel Students Learn how to Make Paper PotsTarheel Students in the Herbarium

Inside the campus garden, the students used GPS units to take coordinates of their locations, while also taking photographs and observations.  The students had a busy day but a great time learning from the experts about the world of plants and insects and the importance of pollinators.

Tarheel Kids Learn to Use Microscopes Tarheel Kids in the Campus Garden

The Kids in the Garden Earth Day event was part of a grant secured by Dr. Hagevik from Duke Energy through the University’s Office of Advancement.  The grant funds enrichment and sustainability of K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) outreach programs in the state. 

Tarheel Kids in the Campus GardenTarheel Kids Walk Across Campus

For a complete itinerary of the event, click here (for a PDF file), or click here (for a MS Word file). Click here for a bee fact sheet (PDF file), compiled by graduate student, Anna Sanford. Bee facts have been obtained from

Tarheel Kids in the Campus Garden

Article Contributed by Anna Sanford of UNC Pembroke's Graduate Science Education Program

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