Ever want to be a scientist? Well, Thursday is your day! The public is invited to locate and count pollinators in the Master Gardener demonstration garden, Garden of the Seven Sisters, to celebrate this Day of Science and Service.
May 8 marks the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act that created Cooperative Extension. The Cooperative Extension was developed to serve as a conduit for scientific advances in agriculture, nutrition and natural resources from the nation’s public landgrant universities to its farmers, youth and communities.
To celebrate 100 years of the University of California Cooperative Extension, the public is invited to join its faculty, students, staff, 4-H volunteers and Master Gardeners in three statewide science projects.
You may choose to count pollinators, describe your water conservation methods, record food sources in your community or all three! Your data will help develop a pollinator map and paint a picture of the food and water resources across California. The website will also allow you to see where other citizen scientists have logged in their observations.
Bees are known pollinators, but with close observation, you may see a whole wild zoo of pollinating creatures. We’ll begin by making a list that includes bees, birds, bats, beetles, butterflies, wasps and moths to help categorize your observations. The intended time of observation is three minutes. The garden will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and participants will receive a complementary seed packet as a thank you.
The UC system began in an effort to educate all social classes. Initially the focus was on practical learning, such as agriculture and home making. Not only is Thursday a day to celebrate and learn about science, it is a time to reflect on the rich and surprisingly re cent history that tells the story of our nation’s university system.
Go to this link to access the science projects: http://100.ucanr.edu/Day_of_Science_and_Service/
GOT A GARDENING QUESTION?
Contact the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners at 781-5939 on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. in San Luis Obispo; at 473-7190 from 10 a.m. to noon in Arroyo Grande; or at 434-4105 on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon in Templeton. Visit the UCCE Master Gardeners website at http://ucanr.org/sites/mgslo or email firstname.lastname@example.org.