Hopewell Elementary School graduating fifth graders leave their mark

This month, Sourland Conservancy hosted Hopewell Elementary School (HES) graduating fifth graders and their families to commemorate the achievement by planting a pollinator meadow. The families each chose a 30-minute time slot, to maintain strict social distancing, and planted in the new “Foraging Forest” in Hopewell Borough Park, adjacent to the school.

By participating in this project, graduating fifth graders left a lasting legacy for families to enjoy for years to come. Visitors of all ages will find berries, nuts, fruit, leaves, and roots – as well as peace and tranquility in Simcha’s Garden. Pollinators attracted by the flowers we plant will help the native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants produce fruit.

The Foraging Forest is a unique restoration project that brings together habitat restoration and community engagement in an innovative and creative way.

Much credit goes also to Boy Scouts, Sam and Gavin Fowler, for marking the trail, Hopewell Harvest Fair for the grant to purchase the plants, and Mercer County Park Commission for partnering with the Sourland Conservancy to make it all happen! Special thanks to Helen Corveleyn, HES STEM facilitator, for helping to coordinate this special project and Sourland Conservancy volunteers for staffing the Pollinator Pocket Planting.

Submitted by Sourland Conservancy

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