The garden has enjoyed a bustle of activity throughout May and June! In May it hosted events for the second annual Nature City Festival, with the first event being a presentation on burrowing owls and a special visit from one of the Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre’s very own owls! For the second event that the garden hosted, students had the opportunity to learn all about bees. Dr. Cory Scheffield taught students about Saskatchewan’s native bee species, and then students later got to work on building bee houses that could house various species of solitary bees. The final event held at the garden for Nature City Festival was a very special creation of an Earth turtle with elder Joseph Naytowhow. Joseph shared his knowledge with students on Turtle Island and the Earth turtle, and then together they constructed the Earth turtle for the garden. Students shaped the soil, brought their own rocks to contribute, and after the completion of it they spent time creating music, stories, and haikus inspired by the garden and the turtle. We are very thankful to all of the presenters who came out to make these events a wonderful success!
Throughout June we had visits from Brunskill School’s kindergarten and grade one classes. The students came out and learned about the variety of plants that make their home in the Prairie Habitat Garden, did a scavenger hunt, and even helped to pick a few of the invasive plants out. As Summer kids’ camps start up, the garden looks forward to more visits in July and August!
The first Sunday of July was also the garden’s first weeding event of the summer. Volunteers came out to learn about native plants, pulls some weeds, and enjoy some tea sweetened with dandelion syrup made from dandelions harvested in the garden. It was a gorgeous day, and the Prairie Habitat Garden would like to thank everyone who came out and helped to keep it a beautiful place to visit!