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Beneficial Bugs: A Youth Art Exhibition
Beneficial Bugs: A Youth Art Exhibition
Beneficial Bugs: A Youth Art Exhibition
Beneficial Bugs: A Youth Art Exhibition
Beneficial Bugs: A Youth Art Exhibition

Although insects are often thought of as pests, entomologists have found that bugs can control a pest problem and reduce the need for routine pesticide application. As part of the Fairchild Challenge environmental education competition at Phipps, we tasked regional middle school students with researching insects that are beneficial to plants. Using colored pencil and paint, the students used their research to accurately depict one of these insects with a plant it benefits. The amazing images that resulted are now showcased in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery. The artwork displayed represents only some of the many entries Phipps received this year. The artists are currently in grades ranging from six to eight and represent diverse interests, abilities, talents and backgrounds.

Special thanks go to the teachers that promote and coordinate the challenges in their schools. The Fairchild Challenge at Phipps is made possible through the generous support of The Grable Foundation and Pennsylvania’s Education Improvement Tax Credit Program. The Fairchild Challenge was designed and initiated by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. Phipps is proud to serve as a satellite site for conservation-themed activities that engage youth across the globe.

Image credits (top to bottom, left to right):

  • Tali Brobst, Trafford Middle School
  • Caden Ferita, Woodland Hills Academy
  • Katrina Li, Mackenzie Frederick, Abigail Mitchell and Francesca Diaz; David E. Williams Middle School
  • Bailey Wertz, Brentwood Middle School (research by Gabrielle Sedlar)
  • Tali Brobst, Trafford Middle School
  • Alexi Mascara, Franklin Regional Middle School

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