“When California was wild, it was one sweet bee garden throughout its entire length, north and south, and all the way across from the snowy Sierra to the ocean” – John Muir, The Bee Pastures
Pollinators are the most important group of insects and animals to a gardener. They are responsible for 1 in every 3 pieces of food we eat!
Big Green provides Learning Garden schools with flower seeds to plant in the garden, but you can plant additional pollinator-attractant flowers along the perimeter of your garden or schoolyard. Planting California natives is a great way to attract and support local pollinator species. Be aware, though, that many native plants can be self-seeding so it is best to not plant them in Learning Garden beds.
>> You can learn about attracting and keeping pollinators in your garden by checking out the Beneficial Insects blog post!
Use the resources below to help you plan lessons and activities for your class, or to learn more about how you can help support pollinators in your school or home!
Local Resources & Guides
- Selecting Plants for Pollinators – California Chaparral [pollinator.org]
- 10 Important Bees & Plants of California [UC Davis]
- Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary [cityogpacificgrove.gov]
- Hummingbirds of California [pollinator.org]
- Bumblebee species [bumblebeewatch.org]
- Hummingbird as Pollinators [NPS.gov]
- Bumblebees [NPS.gov]
- Pollinator webinars [pollinator.org]
- Pollinator curricula [NSTA.org]
- Monarch Butterfly Natural History [Cal Poly]
- Nature Map of LA [NHM]
- Monarch Alert (tagging monarchs) [Cal Poly]
- Hummingbird Count [Audubon]
- Bumblebee Watch [bumblebeewatch.org]
- Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper [monarchmilkweedmapper.org]
In the News
- California Monarch Butterfly Numbers Decline 86% in 2 Years [KTLA]
- Could bumble bees become only insect on California’s endangered species list? [KCRA – Redding]
- Honeybees Know What 3 Means (and 2 and 4), Researchers Find [discovermagazine.com]
- Foreign bees monopolize Southern California flower resources
- Hummingbirds look and learn [nature.com]
- City gardens are a boon for threatened bees [nature.com]