The B.U.G. Project (Biodiversity in Urban Gardens) is a science and garden literacy curriculum that encourages students to look at, explore, and identify what's living in gardens or parks around them in the city. Last year, with funding from the EPA's Environmental Education grant program, students in the Community Land Trust’s youth garden programs observed and documented biodiversity in urban food gardens, including City Farm. The project, created by a leadership team from Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT), the University of Rhode Island Outreach Center, the Rhode Island Natural History Survey (RINHS), the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College (RIC), and Johnson and Wales University (JWU), created an elementary-age biodiversity unit that will allow teachers to take science outside of the classroom and into a school garden or neighborhood park. Using the curriculum, students will learn about the importance of protecting biodiversity and how to create urban habitats for insects, birds, and soil creatures.
Click below to watch an NBC-10 Plant Pro segment on one of the activities from the curriculum:
Southside Community Land Trust provides the curriculum online as a free resource for educators. Click here to download a PDF file; for supplemental materials or more information, contact Leo Pollock, Director of Programs, at email@example.com. Warning: this curriculum does cover the birds and the bees!