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Help Build Bee Education

  • We have the expertise needed to raise mason bees and we need your help to build educational materials.
  • We want to teach in a variety of communities: primary education, high school and college environmental clubs, community organizations, and teaming with honeybee associations.

Formal educational programs about raising alternative managed bees are a huge missing component in our native bee journey. Most educational programs about bees focus only on honey bees. If they do talk about wild bees they are missing the practical knowledge on how to care for wild bees. We have the knowledge and expertise needed to take care of native hole-nesting bees, but as a small company we need your help building our educational materials.

We are looking for a variety of educators and advocates to help us build materials to teach a variety of students. Please email us: outreach@crownbees.com.

Primary Education

Teaching primary school-age children is the most effective way to influence a generation to view bees differently. It’s time that we teach our children to think beyond honey bees. Teaching children about raising native bees is the perfect way to instill a sense of responsibility and build a strong and lasting relationship with nature. It’s also the best way to think holistically while learning about an entire ecological system. Is there any better way to learn about biology, insect life cycles, ecosystems, farming, environmental ethics, and economics? All we have to do is see life through the eyes of a hard-working native bee and to find all of the effects of the bees’ work in our daily lives.

We have the physical materials that your school’s pollinator garden needs to raise bees including native bee houses, nesting tubes, and cocoons. Raising native bees is a great hands-on activity but we need your help with creating the teaching materials needed for a full teaching program. We need your help with creating lesson plans, a curriculum, and worksheets. We would love to hear your lesson plans and ideas if you are a passionate teacher, home-school parent, or volunteer educator.

High School & College Environmental Clubs

We would like your help to build awareness materials that call for action within environmental issues. How can you help us change the definition of sustainable agriculture beyond thinking about the needs of honey bees? Relying solely on honey bees for pollination is similar to planting acres of monoculture. Sadly, we are seeing more evidence that raising honey bees alone is not sustainable. Turning to alternative managed bees and supporting wild bees with habitat is a part of the solution of pollination polyculture.

We need your help to raise awareness about native bees as the next step towards sustainable agricultural pollination. Teaming with us on your group’s advocacy projects is a superb way to build experience in leadership, graphic design, education, public engagement, and community organizing. Better yet, raising native hole-nesting bees on campus would be a fun hands-on experience for everyone involved and it would be an example of advocacy through action. Look into our Native Bee Share program, it’s our way of bringing awareness to native bees at your campus’ gardens.

Community Organizers

How are you able to bring native bees to your community’s public garden? How can we help you talk about the importance of native bees with your neighbors and stakeholders? We would love to hear your feedback about how we can support community gardens with gentle pollinators across North America. Please help us strengthen talking points and educational signs for our Native Bee Share program.

Honeybee Associations

Honeybee associations have been receiving some good press coverage for their efforts to raise awareness of mason bees. But your association doesn’t have to start from scratch with practical knowledge about mason bees and we would love to partner with you to strengthen our efforts. Just like honey bees, mason bees and leafcutter bees face diseases and pests; yet the solutions are simple: harvest mason bee cocoons and protect developing larvae within their nesting holes during the summer. Please reach out to us if you would like to help us create educational materials for your public outreach programs.