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USDA Forest Service, Partners, Go Live for Pollinators from the USDA National Arboretum

The USDA Forest Service, Prince William County School District and other partners will host a live webcast – “PollinatorLIVE:  A Distance Learning Adventure – on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from the Washington Youth Garden at the USDA National Arboretum.

This webcast in English and simultaneously translated in Spanish will introduce school  children and communities across the nation to the important role that pollinators play in our environment and in agriculture.

An all-star cast of scientists and resource specialists from the Forest Service and their partners will explain pollination, gardening for pollinators, plant-insect interactions, demonstrate and explain the pollinator roles of bees, bats, butterflies, birds, and other insects.  One segment of the show will feature “Top Chef” finalist, Carla Hall, who will demonstrate to children how to prepare tasty and nutritious food from gardens. Woodsy Owl will also make a star appearance sending his “Lend a Hand – Care for the Land!” message by sharing the importance of composting for the garden.

PollinatorLIVE will lead children from awareness and knowledge to action and commitment by involving people in establishing sustainable habitats for pollinators and healthy gardens for communities.  An estimated 300,000 children and educators will be reached during the 2010-2011 school year.

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