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Pollinator Education

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Denise Ellsworth, Program Director of Pollinator Education, provides numerous education and outreach programs on topics related to honey bees, wild bees and other pollinators.

Pollinator Education Program Details

Latest workshops, webinar recordings and extensive pollinator education materials available!

Plant By Numbers Guides

Plants, growing steps, and a sample design to support native pollinators. Click images for full PDF handout, or beelab site: 
Thanks to a USDA IPM grant, the pollinator health team (Denise Ellsworth and Mary Gardiner) launched the Plant by Numbers program in Ohio to educate gardeners about the use and importance of native perennials to pollinators. Three garden themes were unveiled: Specialist Bees, Bumble Bees, and Butterflies and Moths. Each theme includes a garden design, a plant list and growing instructions, all detailed in a full-color handout. In May 2023, planting kits (plants, handouts, and signage) were distributed to 80 education/demonstration sites across the state, many coordinated by or in cooperation with county offices of OSU Extension. Three additional themes will be launched in spring 2024.

Plant By Numbers: Bumble Bees

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Plant By Numbers: Specialist Bees

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Plant By Numbers: Butterflies & Moths

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Other Pollinator-Related Extension Materials

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