Current Bee Schools
This alternative secondary school located near High Park in Toronto has been committed to environmental education since the 1970s. A few years ago, a garden with native trees and shrubs was planted. The school also hosts a pollinator garden featuring flowers, herbs, grasses and several bee hotels.
Moscrop Secondary School
The Moscrop Environmental Club are champions for pollinators in their school community and beyond! They want all high schools in Burnaby to become Bee Schools and are hosting them at an event where their guests can learn why this is important. They have also contacted the City of Burnaby to encourage them to become a Bee City. Read more about what Moscrop students are doing.
Many thanks and gratitude to Brennan Strandberg-Salmon, Kevin Lin and all other members of the Moscrop Environmental Club for their efforts to protect pollinators!
John Barsby Community School
A warm welcome to John Barsby Community School, the first Bee School in British Columbia, where members of the “John Bars-Bee Garden Club” have committed to enhancing pollinator habitat on school grounds and helping younger students at nearby Georgia Avenue Elementary School to learn how to be good stewards of the planet! We encourage you to read their resolution to learn about other planned activities.
Thank you to the John Barsby community for caring about nature!
Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute
Marc Garneau CI, a platinum status Eco-School within the Toronto District School Board, continues its tradition of supporting environmental initiatives by joining the Bee City family! A garden with 200 native wildflowers was planted in May 2017. The school’s Bee City Committee has also partnered with teachers to incorporate pollinator-friendly initiatives in classrooms. Our gratitude to the team that’s making it all happen: students Lisa Wang, Raluca Gondor, Venice Cheng and Mandy Chen, teachers Michelle Woodley and Alicia Roberge, as well as caretaker Luke Chanmurugan.
Creative ways to help pollinators are sprouting-up at Stirling Public School in Stirling, Ontario. The unique ways through which students have championed seeds and their collaborative efforts to make our planet healthier are inspiring to us. Thank you, Mrs. Mossman-Cross. You and your students are spreading beauty and love!
Kortright Hills PS
Bee lovers with a mission! ‘A truly student-led initiative from beginning to end!’ says teacher Cathryn Dykstra. The students at Kortright PS ‘did research, spoke to bee experts from a university, made morning announcements, created posters to put up around the entire school, and produced numerous bee art activities to spread around their classroom walls. They designed a new pollinator garden for their school yard. They even organized a bee celebration day for the entire school where everyone was asked to wear black and yellow and they brilliantly orchestrated a school-wide bee assembly.’ Congratulations to these incredible young environmental leaders at Kortright Hills PS!
Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute
Bee City’s first High School! Congratulations Aidan! We are trilled with the events and activities that you and your Eco Team have created to inspire the rest of your school to care about pollinators. So many pollinator supporting strategies have already been planned by this Bee Team including a very well designed garden, many STEM related projects and wild bee house building. We love that you have partnered with Ontario Nature’s Youth Council and Native Plants in Claremont!!! During Pollinator Week the Bee Team will share bee love by hosting honey tastings, a lovely Bee movie, wildflower plantings and other cool interactive events. We are so very proud of Aidan and his fellow students at Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute and so very grateful for everything they are doing for pollinators in Whitby and beyond.
Warmest of welcomes, so excited about the deep connections Blythwood PS is making with Nature. Congratulations Zoe Rosenfeld and Josh Digirolamo for your wonderful success at getting your school to adopt the resolutions to become a Bee School! We are so excited about the plans you have for creating a pollinator oasis and for inspiring ideas like BEE-YOU-tiful Boulevards. As Blythwood’s B+B (Butterfly and Bee) garden plans grow, all of the wonderful initiatives for connecting communities to the protection and celebration of pollinators will grow along with it, spreading the beauty of flowers and the bees! Thank you for gardening for wildlife!
Tredway Woodsworth Public School
The first Bee School in Canada!
Tredway Woodsworth uses an inquiry-based learning approach to teach their students about pollinators, their importance to nature and our food system. Their school garden and wild bee homes reflect an inspiring mix of art and the study of ecology. And, we owe a debt of gratitude to Mme. White for inspiring us to create the Bee City Schools program. So, thank you to the students and teachers of Tredway Woodsworth for sharing your love for pollinators and curiosity about nature!
Canadore College West Parry Sound Campus became the first Bee City Campus in Canada in 2016. Among other things, the school hosts an apiary which is used for beekeeping-related programming, workshops and educational activities for the local community. Congratulations, Dr. Peter Istvan, for “beeing” Canadore College’s Bee City Champion!