Children Are Invited by Book to Make Native Gardens a National Park

Children are now participating in the initiative to develop gardens with native flora, thanks to the efforts of a wildlife and insect expert. Doug Tallamy has emerged as a prominent advocate for reintroducing native plants and trees to areas so that they can sustain wildlife, including bees and birds. He is pushing people to advocate for parks, playgrounds, schools and universities, hospitals and business complexes, golf courses and even airports to join in spreading native flora. Tallamy’s new book is called Nature’s Best Hope: How You Can Save the World in Your Own Yard. It was released earlier this month, just in time for Earth Day, and is intended for middle school students.

He hopes that the message of the new book will be taught in classrooms across the nation. “The belief is that children will take care of our planet in the future,” he stated in an Associated Press interview. “You can genuinely see results from this stuff, and I receive calls from kids on a regular basis,” he stated. Small actions can have a significant impact. “You’re not responsible for the planet as a whole. Simply take action over the small portion of the earth that is under your control. That’s incredibly inspiring for both parents and children,” he remarked. The children’s book outlines simple adjustments that kids can do at home to improve the habitats of birds and insects.

Simple crafts like constructing a “bee hotel” out of paper and an empty metal can are included in the book. Or you might want to cover window wells so tiny creatures do not get caught in them. Or simply sow an acorn. It’s free and easy and you can watch it develop, and it makes a significant difference,” Tallamy says. In his vision of the future, there will be a proliferation of small, pollinator-friendly areas, such as gardens and public areas, that are haphazardly connected to create a “Homegrown National Park.” Tai Montanarella assists in running The New York Botanical Garden’s after-school and school activities. She instructs students in kindergarten through high school about local plants. Educating people about what they can do at home to save the environment is important, according to her.

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