Quest’s Ellen Flournoy and Emma Dunlop spearheaded the creation of a pollinator garden in downtown Squamish in April 2020.
Located around Fourth and Pemberton, the garden provides a haven for birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles and other pollinators, which have been in decline over the last few decades.It includes more than 400 mostly-native plants that have been carefully chosen to increase foraging and nesting areas for the animals.
“This garden is a wonderful chance for Quest students to engage the community in intergenerational partnerships and showcase their science communication skills. We’re looking forward to a time when we can all gather outside again to work and learn together,” said Flounroy in a news release.Quest University President George Iwama had positive words for the project.
“This magnificent garden is having a very positive impact in the community,” said Iwama in a release.“It is vital for Quest to connect our work with the people with whom we live. It’s wonderful to see how learning can happen while benefiting our neighbours.”
Quest’s release says Squamish Savings, Hawthorn Landscape Design, Coast Aggregates, and Our Squamish also played key roles in the project.The school has also collaborated with Climate Action Network to start a vegetable garden onsite for the Squamish Food Bank.