Engaging Youth, Planting Native Seeds and Getting Muddy!

by Andrea Foster, Conservation Outreach Coordinator

Little Forks Conservancy’s Andrea Foster had a unique opportunity to engage middle school students from the Rock Center for Youth Development’s after school program!

Andrea and Huron Pines AmeriCorps member Sara Huetteman visited three different sites to construct native plant seed balls with the students of Bullock Creek, Jefferson and Northeast middle schools. Working hand in hand with AmeriCorps Vista Ben Martinson, Little Forks’ first successful partner event with the Rock C4YD was a hit!

Over fifty-seven students were engaged, and over five hundred seed balls were made. The seed balls are being dried and packaged to use as giveaways at events that Little Forks Conservancy attends as non-profit vendors.

The native plant seed balls are made of potting soil, clay, water and native plant seeds from the Michigan Wildflower Farm. Want to learn more about how to make your own seed balls? Click here.

Native plant use is an especially important part of the Conservation@Home program. When you plant natives, you are helping control invasive species, care for your local eco-system, providing wildlife habitat, and much more!

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