"It is no secret that bees are endangered. With one out of every three bites of food coming from plants pollinated by bees and over 50 percent of the produce section relying on them, it could be said that saving the bees is one of the most important environmental issues of our time.
So what can the home gardener, or a child, do to help reverse the alarming trend of bee deaths? Create a bee-friendly habitat in your yard or in another public place where you garden. It is as simple as the age old cycle of dirt, seeds, water, and sun; something even the youngest toddler can be involved in and be proud of."
Activity 1: Dedicate a space in your yard for a native habitat garden!
1. Find an area in your yard or garden to devote to a safe haven for bees and insects.
2. Create a border with stones, wood, or rope off an area. You could also create a native habitat garden in a raised bed.
3. Let this area grow naturally. Plant native plants in large quantities and let them grow wild. There's no need to weed. Dandelions and clover are plentiful bee food. It will not only give bees a place to call home, but you will reap the rewards of treating them well! (If you live in a colder climate, start native seeds indoors or spend time together planning and making a list of the plants you will add to your bee garden.)
Click here for a great article about planting a bee friendly garden with kids!
Watch this short video about creating a native habitat garden for our pollinators!