What is Bee Campus USA?
1. Establish/maintain a Bee Campus USA Committee or Subcommittee comprised of the landscape director and other staff, administrators, faculty and students, charged with developing a Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan to include a locally native, pollinator-friendly plant list with regional sources for such plants and a least toxic integrated pest management (IPM) plan. The plant list and IPM plan should be publicized and available on the web to offer a valuable landscape-management model applicable to other local landscapes.
2. Host an annual campus event(s) to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and to acknowledge the institution’s certification as a BEE CAMPUS USA institution. National events that would fit well include National Pollinator Week (the third week of June), Earth Day/Week (week of April 22), and/or Arbor Day (last Friday in April). Events may be workshops on pollinators, planting pollinator gardens, presentations about pollinators, garden tours, films about pollinators, etc.
3. Annually sponsor and track student service-learning projects to enhance pollinator habitats on-and off-campus. Service learning projects may or may not be part of appropriate courses.
4. At least biennially offer a course and/or workshop on Pollinator Ecology and/or Integrated Pest Management and/or Landscaping for Pollinators. Workshops may provide continuing education credits for professional pesticide applicators and/or landscape designers.
5. Post signage regarding pollinators to educate the campus and broader community about pollinator-friendly landscaping principles. For example, signage next to plantings might explain how beneficial insects provide a natural process for pest management and pollination, or signs in the cafeteria might explain the role of pollinators in food production. Signage may or may not be permanent.
6. Maintain a webpage on the institution’s website to share your BEE CAMPUS USA news and activities.
7. Annually apply for renewal of the institution’s designation and submit a brief report of the previous year’s BEE CAMPUS USA activities following the format provided.
Cindy Gilbert- Faculty
Brock Rasmussen- Facilities, Landscape director
Julie Benda, Alumnus, MFA
Sarah Evenson, Alumnus,BFA
Kara Gregory, Alumnus, BFA
Lisa Kill- Alumnus, BFA
Patience Lekien- Alumnus, MFA
Heather Peebles- Alumnus, MFA
Diana Eicher- Staff
Steve Hanson- Master Gardener, University of Minnesota Extension Program
Laura Hanson- Master Gardener, University of Minnesota Extension Program