Did you know there are 1,600 species of bees living in the state of California?

Based on the tried-and-tested format of our flagship Humble Honey Bee Program, Planet Bee now offers a lesson exploring the world of California’s native bees! This 45-60 minute lesson is interactive and developmentally appropriate for K-12.

Program Description:

Join us in your school garden to learn about the different types of bees living in our state, their nesting and foraging behaviors, and conservation techniques. Hands-on activities include an inspection station with samples of different bee species, a fun native bee pollination game, and making seed balls to help the bees!

All of our lessons are in line with the Next Generation Science Standards and rooted in the philosophy of E-STEM learning. Native Bees of California meets the following NGSS standards:

  • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

  • K-ESS2-2. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.

  • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals (including humans) and the places they live.

  • 2-LS2-2. Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.

  • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats

  • 3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

  • 3-LS2-1. Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.

  • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

  • MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

  • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

We've created a source doc for educators to cut and paste from if applying to grants through their school's PTA or other outside organizations. Click here to download it!

We are deeply committed to environmental justice and therefore offer sliding scale fees. Need-based scholarships are also available, courtesy of our sponsors and partners.

To learn about our pricing structure, click here

Questions? Email our Program Director, Sarah, at programs@planetbee.org