Pollination Partnerships

Program Length, Season and Appropriate Grade Levels

  • This program lasts 1-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours, and can be adapted to suit your needs.
  • The program is offered May - October.
  • Appropriate for Grade Levels 4 - 8.

Program Description and Activities

In this hands-on program we explore the fascinating adaptations and interconnections among flowering plants and their insect pollinators.

Your students will be engaged in a multifaceted program experience that may include:

  • Closely observing and identifying a diversity of local insect pollinators and the wildflowers they frequent.
  • Studying the adaptations of various wildflowers that ensure successful pollination.
  • Comparing and contrasting the adaptations of insect pollinated plants with wind pollinated plants.
  • Using microscopes to view pollen samples from different flowers.

State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and High School Content Expectations (HSCEs) Applicable to this Program

The Environmental Interpretive Center’s educational programs provide environmental information, hands–on experiences, and inquiry challenges for Michigan students in line with Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and High School Essential Content Standards and Expectations (HSCEs). Teachers can find a link below to content standards, statements, and grade level expectations applicable to the program "Pollination Parnerships. "