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Invite Pollinators into Local School Gardens

Los Angeles Natural History Museum

  • Partner with high school shop classes to add a pollinator garden to local school gardens
  • Build simple “bee hotels” to support bee species that don’t live in hives
  • Design and create a humming bird “airport” out of rebar
  • Create signage to explain pollinators to curious visitors
  • A great fit for Team Member Volunteer Week!

“Bee Hotels”

Contrary to popular belief, not all bees live in hives. Solitary bees live on their own and thrive in small tunnels in either the ground or dead wood, depending on the species. 

It’s easy to create a habitat for solitary bees using an untreated 4x4 piece of wood or a large log. Drill small holes around 5/16th of an inch wide and 3.5 inches deep into one side of the wood. The open ends of these holes must be smooth with no splinters. Bee hotels can be either tall columns of wood secured into the ground or shorter posts attached to fences. Either way, they should face south. If you live in a rainy climate, bees will appreciate a roof over their bee hotel to shield nests from the elements.

Many resources exist online with instructions and tips for creating bee hotels, such as the National Wildlife Federation and National Geographic’s guides. Good information about bee hotels is also available here

Hummingbird “Airports”

This airport, made completely of rebar, begins with a central column. Two levels of arms branch out from this column, 1 near the middle and 1 at the top. Hummingbird feeders hang from these 2 levels of arms to create a multi-level “airport.” Involve younger students in the project by making hummingbird feeders from repurposed plastic bottles using this ScrapKins tutorial.

Signage

Creating signs explaining the benefits of bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators will help protect these creatures year round. Describing the bee hotel and hummingbird airport projects creates interest, support, and maybe even new volunteers! Include interesting facts and figures from WKF, WFM, and their partners to drum up community enthusiasm and involvement. 

Large community outreach projects like this one create visibility for your store. They also provide wonderful opportunities to build relationships with local schools and their families. 

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