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Create a Native Bee Nest to Aid Pollinators and Facilitate Bee Research

This community science project  for schools delves into the fascinating realm of native solitary bees, which typically nest in hollow stems or tunnels in their natural habitat. Each species has unique nesting preferences. The well-known European honey bee, a keystone pollinator, is currently facing decline due to various challenges like pests, pathogens, pesticides, and the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. These issues may also be impacting native bee species. By monitoring native bees in backyard habitats, this community science project aims to gain a better understanding of these vital yet often overlooked native pollinators.

Link below to learn how to build a Native Bee Nest Home and join our Community Science Project. Keep scrolling to access our Asynchronous Native Bee Community Science Program for Schools.

Native Bee Science Programs for Schools

Our Native Bee Community Science Program resources guide teachers and students through inquiry-based learning to conduct community science projects. Students will enhance their understanding of how to positively impact the environment through curiosity and stewardship. Our NGSS-aligned materials are designed for grades 3-5 but are easily adaptable for students of all ages. Each project is designed to progressively build foundational skills, utilizing a comprehensive project toolkit to ensure meaningful implementation


Projects incorporate a blend of synchronous and asynchronous STEM learning. Teachers and students will collaborate with Planet Bee STEM Educators in at least three live, synchronous lessons to actively engage in the learning process. Asynchronous STEM materials offer flexible teaching options, aiding in the enhancement of skill and concept mastery.

Native Bee Nest House Digital Toolkit

In this Native Bee Community Science resource document you have everything you need to access materials remotely, including a teacher's guide, support for standards alignment, and a menu of presentations, activities, videos, and hands-on experiments to craft your teaching unit. This digital toolkit is a gateway to begin exploring conservation using real scientific practices!

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