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Survey your Site

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One step in preparing to start your project is to decide where it will happen.

Here are a few ideas of places to consider - your school grounds, your family's yard or porch, a nearby park or greenbelt, a storefront or office outdoor space, along a path or sidewalk, or near a creek or lake. Even if you are surrounded by buildings and concrete, you can still create a space for pollinators. The possibilities are endless! Just make sure you have permission to work in that space before you start your project.

Once you have chosen WHERE you can do a project, you'll want to survey the site through the eyes of a pollinator.  What does the site have that the pollinator needs? What is missing? What is at the site that might be harmful to the pollinator?

Pollinator Survey

Visit the outdoor site where you are interested in creating your project. Survey the site through the eyes of the pollinator.  What does the site have that the pollinator needs? What is missing? What is at the site that might be harmful to the pollinator? Think about how you could make this place more like its natural ecosystem.

Map

As you conduct your survey, draw a map of your site. Add labels and notes that describe what you find. You might want to color code what is "helpful," "harmful" and "missing."  Mark one or more places where you could focus your project efforts.

Once you have completed your survey, it is time to consider some project ideas!
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