Oconee County High School’s Environmental Club partnered with the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to provide an environmental education program to students at Oconee County Elementary School. The OCHS students implemented the SBG’s Connect to Protect program which combines displays of native plants with educational materials to foster an understanding of the role native plants and pollinators play in maintaining biodiversity in urban and suburban landscapes of Georgia. OCHS students constructed the planter boxes from recycled barn wood from the UGA Materials Reuse Program and hardware donations from Home Depot. Decorative copper plant signs were donated by Metal Garden Markers. OCHS students also shared the program with students in other Oconee County middle and elementary schools. Learn more about the Connect to Protect program.