Pollinator Education Programs

The Bee Short Course for Community Scientists was a seven-part monthly webinar series (May–November 2021)

Contributed by Pollinator Education Program Director, Denise Ellsworth

The Bee Short Course for Community Scientists was a seven-part monthly webinar series (May–November 2021) developed to enhance the skills of community scientists interested in wild bee conservation. Participants from across the country and across the globe took part in live monthly sessions focused on bee biology, bee botany, photography, data collection, and the role of community science in conservation and advocacy. A total of 3,189 participants registered for The Bee Short Course with live webinar attendance averaging over 1,000 participants per session. Views of recordings on YouTube averaged 730 per session. 

Due to the success of this effort and the enthusiasm of participants, The Bumble Bee Short Course will launch in spring 2022. This program is a collaborative effort from Ohio State’s Department of Entomology and the Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, in partnership with the U.S. National Native Bee Monitoring Research Coordination Network (RCN). Funding was provided in part by a USDA/NIFA Integrated Pest Management Pollinator Health grant with support from Davey Tree Expert Company. Learn more and find links to resources and recordings on The Bee Short Course webpage.

Upcoming Webinar SeriesTending Nature Speaker Series
Tending Nature: Native Plants and Every Gardener's Role in Fostering Biodiversity
Six-session webinar speaker series focused on the ecological roles of native plants and some of the creatures that depend on them each Friday for 6 weeks from January 7th through February 11th, at 10AM EASTERN. Join live sessions or connect to webinar recordings on the Tending Nature webpage.