New Program Partnership with Erie 2 BOCES
Schools looking to take advantage of the science-based programming offered by Earth Spirit now have the opportunity to do so much more affordably. A new partnership with Erie 2 BOCES allows us to increase our programming while decreasing the school's realized cost per program. Click here for more information.
Environmental Education Teaches Many Skills
Earth Spirit educators share many lessons in their work. Most of these relate to the science and systems that control the workings of Planet Earth. However, many skills that can be applied to all areas of life are passed along through our work. Channel 2's Terry Belke speaks of these important lessons in a 2 the Outdoors piece featuring Earth Spirit teachers and students participating in a recent Winter Camp sponsored by the Orchard Park Recreation Department.
Earth Spirit's Wild Foraging Programs are Making News
Our reputation for excellent instruction in sustainable foraging of wild medicinal and culinary plants has resulted in a cover story for the alumni publication for New York's largest research university as well as a featured online article by a local environmental coalition. Click here to read more about what people are saying about Earth Spirit and our staff.
Online Membership and Event Registration Now Available
Earth Spirit has embraced the 21st century and implemented online processing for both membership submissions and registrations for our seasonal Natural Living Series of public programs. Become a member or register for events and securely pay online through PayPal.
The Irreplaceable Pollinators
Summer is the season of pollinators, essential species in ecological balance and guaranteeing a food supply for humans and wildlife. Many of us, however, are unaware of the wide variety of insects, birds and mammals that are responsible for helping thousands of plants in their reproduction processes. Why in New York State alone, there are over 450 species of native bees. Additionally, humans tend to wage war on insects and in the process decimate many species important in pollination regimes.
Here's a list of sources on supporting pollinators - from identification to providing habitat. Supporting these vital species will ensure an abundant future for our own species and help preserve ecosystems.
The Importance of Pollinators
Native Gardening and Pollinators