Samy Santana and Cathy Procopio, The Pollinator Pathway
8th Grader, Samy Santana, is working with his Grades of Green Youth Corps Team, his school eco-club, and the Hughes Middle School Environmental Science class to create a Pollinator Pathway at his Long Beach campus. The Pathway will transform a series of five disconnected, narrow planting areas into a connected pathway of native and regionally appropriate plants which support local pollinators. Each planting area will highlight a different pollinator group (butterflies, bees, birds, beetles & flies, and bats). Pollinators are crucial parts of the California agriculture, but are in critical decline due to habitat destruction, wide-spread pesticide use, and disease. Even small spaces like the Pathway can create significant habitat for pollinators and provide education about sustainable landscape and agriculture.