Earth Team wins big @ NGC

The Jesse M. Connor Award - Youth Environmental Education
OVERALL WINNER: Norcross Garden Club; YR-2(A)iii – Georgia
Norcross Garden Club worked with “The Norcross Earth Team” youth garden club along with the City of Norcross Tree Preservation Board in an Arbor Day event. A coordinated effort to promote National Garden Clubs’ “Plant America” theme of “Each One Plant One” was implemented. A promotional flyer was created and distributed to local schools and the community. Arbor Day was celebrated with a certified arborist with information about native Black Gum trees.

Participants went home with pecans and acorns and directions for planting them. Because of the pandemic they were not able to participate together for the Great Georgia Pollinator Census, but a “Pollinator Census Kit” was given to families containing activities for kids, a free packet of flower seeds, activities for adults, a census counting sheet with insect IDs, and several brochures.

The Winifred F. Fink Award -Youth Environmental Concerns
OVERALL WINNER: Norcross Garden Club; Y-4 – Georgia
The Norcross Garden Club youth club addressed the loss of native trees and pollinators. They participated in a hands-on activity while learning where and how to plant native trees in a forested park in their community.

The youth increased their awareness of the value and ecological benefits of native trees. They participated in a Great Georgia Pollinator Census and had a Pollinator Workshop. Youth club members learned types of pollinators and also provided packets of native wildflowers for families to plant to attract pollinators to their gardens.