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Virtual Field Trips

Cross Curricular Standards Aligned Virtual Environmental STEM Programs

Looking for meaningful ways experiences to enhance your classroom curriculum?

ButterBee Foundation's virtual field trip experiences align with
STEELS standards, Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core, as well as many state and international standards
Our interactive programs, created and delivered by certified educators, invite students to express their curiosity and engage their creativity through lively discussions, polls, games, and hands-on projects using easily obtainable materials.

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, sponsors, and grant makers,
we proudly offer our virtual field trips to educators at no cost.
We invite educators in the U.S. and abroad to register their class for a unique virtual experience.

ButterBee Virtual Field Trip programs aim to provide learners of all ages with high-quality environmental STEM programs that bring awareness to the critical role pollinators play in our ecosystems and agriculture.
By removing geographical and financial barriers, we are able reach students in all areas of the world as we strive to create a world wide partnership of environmentally responsible citizens that nurture Earth's biodiversity.

Our programs focus on pollinators as a gateway to environmental stewardship. Students of all ages and from all of walks of life can relate to bees, butterflies, and many other powerful pollinator species. By fostering the relationship between our youngest leaners and some of our smallest organisms, we are able to help students become aware of and involved in caring for the Earth from the ground up. Creating generations of future leaders armed with the knowledge needed to help maintain the delicate balance our ecosystems rely on.

Program Descriptions and Registration  Can Be Found Below, We Look Forward to Joining Your Class Soon!

Virtual Field Trip Program Experiences

Each program is one hour in length to allow time for student discussion. All programs are cross-curricular and include developmentally appropriate math, science, reading, and character education.

Programs are offered to Grades K-12 (unless otherwise noted), with presentations customized to the needs of each grade level.

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Bee-U-Tifully Balanced 

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.

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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)! 

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Nature's BFF's!

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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