Creating Space for Native Bees



There are over 4,000 species of bees native to North America, all with diverse and fascinating life histories. Researchers are only just beginning to realize how important our native bees are to both the environment and agriculture, especially small-scale agriculture.

Unlike honey bees which live in huge colonies that can have 30,000 – 60,000 individuals, our native bees are either solitary or live in small colonies of only a few hundred individuals. This makes them ideal for people who want to “help the bees” or increase pollination on their property, but aren’t interested in becoming a beekeeper. We’ll discuss multiple ways that you can encourage native bees and create a bee-friendly space around your home or landscape.

Note: This class will cover ways to create space for native bees. If you want to learn about native bee diversity and life history, both of which can be important to understand when creating space for native bees, then I suggest also taking my class, Intro to Honey Bees and Native Bees, which will be held on May 20, 2021.


  • June 23, 2021
  • 7:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. ET
    • Class will last approximately an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.
    • Bonus time may be available after class if participants want to stay and ask additional questions or have more in-depth discussions.


  • $10


  • Deadline to register is 8:00 a.m. CT / 9:00 a.m. ET on June 22.
  • By 5:00 p.m. CT on June 22, all registered participants will be sent an email with class login information.
    • Late registrations will not be available in order to give everyone time to receive their login information.

Class Logistics:

  • Class will be held virtually through Zoom.
  • The class will be recorded for those who cannot make the scheduled time and participants who want to re-watch the presentation.
    • For your privacy, participant videos will NOT be included in the recording.
    • The video will be available for online viewing for approximately one week.
    • After class is over, you will be sent an email with a link to the video and details for how to view it.





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