Principle 3

Garden
Helpers

Non-human services improve ecosystems and provide a safe haven for biodiversity.
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Non-Human Services

Don’t overlook the natural services and regenerative resources that biodiversity and ecosystems provide to us. Not only are they good for your environment and free, but they are also an exciting educational opportunity for kids to witness how an ecosystem functions. However, whilst natural resources are regenerative, it is important to remember not to overuse them in order to give them time to regenerate.
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Kids love digging through soil to be the lucky one to find a worm. These wriggly little creatures are important for soil health, and they also teach kids about linking plants and animals to the nutrient-cycle.
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Chickens

Chickens have many benefits besides being a fun garden pet. They lay eggs for eating, eat bugs, and they produce manure that can be composted to enrich the soil.
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Bees are often overlooked as a natural resource and service. Bees both produce honey, and also pollinate flowers. Native bees don’t even sting!  Create beehives with your students to encourage them to visit your garden.
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Insects

Whilst some insects are pests, many are good. Insects can teach kids about the predator/prey relationship through seeing insects eat plants, and seeing them being eaten by chickens. Try creating an insect hotel with your students.
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