Peace Pollinator Garden


Caption for above photo: Ronna Stuller, left, treasurer of the Riverside Park Conservancy, works with Jason Rivera, 9, to spread compost around an Echinacea plant.

Jason Rivera, 9, waters a newly planted echinacea plant Wednesday as students from New London’s Drop-In Learning Center help with planting around the entrance of Riverside Park.

Jason Rivera, 9, waters a newly planted echinacea plant.

A grant from the Captain Planet Foundation helped students from The Drop-In Learning Center plan and plant a Peace Garden, using native and butterfly-friendly plants. The garden was planted in Riverside Park in New London, CT, an 18-acre park located in a neighborhood with a high percentage of residents living in multi-family housing, with limited yards.

The park offers a rich and varied landscape and breathtaking river views, but has been neglected and underused for many years. The purpose of the project is to replace invasive plants and restore the native ecosystem, to engage the city’s youth in caring for the natural areas in their community, and to create an inviting garden for the utilization and enjoyment of all city residents.

50 students, grades K-5, directly participated in the visits to the park to plant and care for the garden. 25 preschool students, benefited indirectly through coordinated gardening activities implemented at the center. An additional 25 students, grades 6-8, visited the garden occasionally and benefited indirectly through materials made available to the center as a result of the project.

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