Current Bee Schools
University of Guelph
Canada’s Food University designated Bee City Campus
The University of Guelph is home to Canada’s first Research Chair in Pollinator Conservation which focuses on researching, raising awareness and informing public policy on the importance and plight of pollinators. The Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation, Nigel Raine, established the Nigel Raine Lab, supporting 21 graduate students engaging in pollinator research. The university has also shown its commitment to pollinator health and conservation through campus initiatives such as enhancing the tree canopy with flowering tree species, integrating pollinator-friendly plants in campus landscapes and voluntarily banning herbicides and pesticides many years before provincial bans took effect.
Sitka Daycare Centre
First Bee City Daycare!
Learning about pollinators starts at a very early age at this Vancouver daycare centre! The school is collaborating with the Port Moody Pollinator Project to create a small pollinator patch, making creative use of old tires to build garden beds. The garden features an assortment of plants that will engage students and help to enhance learning about nature and pollinators. The school is also committed to implementing learning about pollinators into their programs and will host a fun celebration during Pollinator Week. Our gratitude to the daycare teachers, administration and Pollinator Project team for teaching our children to respect, value and be curious about nature.
Gleneagle Secondary School
Pollinators have become a focal point at Gleneagle thanks to the inspiring work of the student-run Port Moody Pollinator Project and environmental clubs at the school. These students have collaborated to raise money to fund the creation of a garden featuring raised beds and a variety of plants that feed pollinators. In addition, they are considering starting a mason bee colony and want to get more of their peers involved by working with nearby middle schools to integrate learning about pollinators into their school environments. Kudos to these bright, young leaders!
Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, located at the Frost Campus in Lindsay, Ontario, is doing their part to help pollinators! A pollinator garden established in 2004 has gradually expanded and now provides an impressive 1,200 square feet of habitat. The garden is a focal point for education, serving as a place where staff, students and other community members learn about seeds saving, native pollinators and honey bees. The Frost Campus community also has close ties with the Pollinator Action Committee of the City of Kawartha Lakes, which was designated a Bee City in 2017.
North Bendale Junior Public School
Students are learning about pollinators while planting and caring for the school gardens
The North Bendale school community is excited about helping to save the bees! Throughout the school year, students have learned about pollinators and their connection to our food and biodiversity. They incorporated this knowledge into projects, such as designs for their school gardens, which will feature native and edible plants as well as bee hotels. A flower garden near the front of the school will beautify the area while providing food for the bees and butterflies. A larger garden at the side of the school has been planted with vegetables and other flowering plants. Students and parent volunteers will be visiting during the summer to ensure that the gardens are maintained.
First University Recognized by Bee City Canada!
Western University has embarked on a five year plan that will create a more pollinator-friendly campus. The Facilities team is stocking garden beds with regional, pollinator favourites, like ironweed, liatris and Joe Pye weed. A medicinal garden has also been planted, with native and other plants being grown and tended to by students in the Indigenous Studies department. Another initiative, the Green Campus Lecture series, provides opportunities for participants to learn about planting and caring for native plants, building bee condos and other ways to help pollinators on campus and in the broader community.
Stratford Central Secondary School
Stratford Central is taking action to become more pollinator and environmentally friendly. They have created a pollinator garden and food forest, which offer good pollinator habitat while also proving an opportunity for students to learn about sustainable gardening and the health of pollinators. Upcoming plans include enhancing the garden with 72 additional native plants and shrubs as well as a celebration during Pollinator Week focused on the school’s food forest.
Polaris Montessori Elementary School
Polaris Montessori in Prince George, BC, focuses on teaching about the interconnectedness of life on our planet. Five new garden beds will serve as a place where students can learn about pollinators and their relationship with plants. Also, creative, educational initiatives, such as presentations by their intermediate students and articles published in the school newsletter, will provide students and their families additional opportunities to learn about pollinators.
Langton Public School
Langton’s Green Team is helping to bring positive changes to their school and local community! One important project has been creating a school garden featuring six raised beds, which the students plan to fill with wildflowers that they started from seeds in their classrooms. The students have also constructed insect hotels and followed guerilla gardening tactics, helping to re-wild a vacant space near their school using native seed bombs that they made.
Cottingham Junior Public School
We’re excited to learn that this Toronto school has committed to teaching its students about pollinators and their important role in nature. A new school garden planned for 2018 will include native flowers, shrubs, herbs and edibles. Also, the school will be creating the Cottingham Bee Ambassadors Club, which will offer workshops and other opportunities through which students can learn about bees, plants and gardening for pollinators.
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 featuring native trees and shrubs was established. The school also hosts a Monarch Way Station with milkweed and a pollinator garden which includes an assortment of native flowers, herbs, grasses and several bee hotels. Another noteworthy initiative this school is involved with is Bird Studies Canada’s Project NestWatch, a citizen science initiative focused on collecting data on nesting birds.
Valley Park Middle School
We’re very excited to partner with this dedicated group of educators and students who see it as their responsibility to bring back the bees and raise awareness about their importance. Over the past few years, the school has gone through a massive yard revitalization, with a key component being the creation of a wetland featuring native plants, many of which attract pollinators. The school has also established a community garden where students and other community members in this densely populated area of Toronto have access to green space.
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. 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! 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.
Stirling Public School
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!
Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute
First high school declared a Bee School!
We are thrilled with the events and activities that Aidan and the Eco Team have organized to inspire their school community to care more about pollinators. This includes many STEM-related projects, the installation of wild bee houses and a well designed pollinator garden featuring locally sourced native plants. The team will also host a honey tasting event and a screening of Bee Movie during Pollinator Week. We are very grateful to the Eco Team at Anderson for everything they are doing for pollinators in Whitby and beyond.
Blythwood Public School
Congratulations to Zoe Rosenfeld and Josh Digirolamo for succeeding in getting your school to become a Bee School! We are excited by your plans to create a pollinator oasis and for inspiring your community with ideas like BEE-YOU-tiful Boulevards. As Blythwood’s B+B (Butterfly and Bee) garden plans grow, we are confident that your wonderful initiatives for connecting communities to the protection and celebration of pollinators will also grow, 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 workshops, educational activities and an apiary which is used for beekeeping-related programming and community events. Congratulations, Dr. Peter Istvan, for “beeing” the Bee City Champion at Canadore College!