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A Bit of Butterfly with a Little Bee
Working together today, to protect the pollinators of tomorrow!
Pollinator Day Classroom Visits
We love to visit students! Students love when we visit!
First hand experiences are the best way to build relationships with students.
Schools local to ButterBee are encouraged to invite our team in for a unique in-person pollinator experience!
Your hive will be buzzing with excitement as they explore the lives of bees and other pollinators up close!
ButterBee's in-person pollinator visits are highly interactive, encouraging students to participate in lively discussions, games, quizzes, and stewardship activities.
Every unique program is designed to enhance classroom pollinator curriculum with developmentally appropriate cross-curricular lessons aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core, and state standards.
Program topics include honey bees, native bees, planting for pollinators, the science of honey, beekeeping around the world, and the fascinating lives of powerful pollinators.
Pollinator Day programs are 1 - 2 hours in length, but the buzz of excitement will continue for a long time to come!
Choose from one of the engaging program topics listed below or contact us and let us customize an adventure for your students.
Why is biodiversity so important?
What is happening to Earth's species?
How can we help protect biodiversity for the benefit of future generations?
Discover the role bees (and other pollinators) play in maintaining the delicate balance Earth's ecosystems rely on. Students will explore food webs, adaptations, habitats, and more as they learn how they can support these vital natural relationships.
The Science of Honey
What is honey made of?
How do bees make this sweet and healthy treat?
Take a close look at the process hard working honey bees use to make nature's candy. Learn about life inside a hive, how bees see the world, and the many benefits of honey (besides being a tasty treat)!
Battle of the Bees!
Which bees are the best pollinators?
Honey Bee or Native Bees?
Take the Battle of the Bees Challenge and find out!
In this lesson, we compare the bee-sy lives of a variety of bee species, as we explore their physical characteristics, life cycle, pollination habits, adaptations, and a variety of fun facts, as we seek to find out who the best bee is!
My Friend Bee!
**This program is for grades K-3 only.
Do bees want to sting? How do bees help us?
Bees are some of our best friends! In this lesson, young learners are introduced to bees as friends. Learn about their characteristics, life cycle, and the many ways bees help us. The goal of this program is to help younger students feel confident around bees, and empowered that they can help these vital pollinators.
Beekeeping Around the World
Why do people around the world keep bees?
How do people around the world keep bees?
The art and science of beekeeping is practiced throughout the world. Does beekeeping look the same everywhere? Explore the world of beekeeping as it is practiced in other cultures. Learn how bees are being used to guard crops from elephants, and how honey is harvested from tall cliffs.
The Night Shift
Does pollination stop when the sun goes down?
What plants prefer to be pollinated at night?
Pollinating Earth's diverse ecosystems is a full time job! Meet the night shift of pollinators that are hard at work while we rest. Explore the fascinating species of night pollinators, and learn about the adaptations that enable them to work in the dark.
Save Our Soil!
Why is healthy soil critical for creating a sustainable Earth?
How can soil help protect Earth's ecosystems?
Soil is more than just dirt that we walk on and dig in. Explore the wonderful world of soil and how you can support pollinators from the ground up. Learn about the role soil plays in balancing our ecosystems, the importance of compost, and the world beneath the surface.
Batty and Beautiful!
What do bats do all night?
Are they important in the world of pollination?
Since bats work at night, their importance as pollinators is often over looked. In this program we will explore the anatomy, life cycles, nesting habits, and pollination efforts, as we seek to find out which bees are best!
Did you know that honey bees LOVE to dance?
What is the meaning of their moves?
This lesson dissects the coding bees use to communicate through the waggle dance. Take a look at the use of coding in nature and understand what the bees are trying to say. Explore the vital role dancing plays in the lives of bees, and the how it has influenced human communication.
Have bees and flowers always been each other's true love?
Why are bees and flowers so closely connected?
Examine the co-evolution of nature's truest BFF's, bees and flowers. Explore how time and science have created the perfect symbiotic relationship. Follow a timeline to better understand how these vital species have become the powerful pollinators we know and love today!
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