In 2018, EYA will engage dozens of local youth to expand a multi-year study evaluating the benefits of mowed lawns, un-mown lawns, and lawns planted with a pollinator mix for indigenous bee species. Through two free multi-week programs, youth will learn to identify indigenous bee species, learn basic citizen science data collection skills and methodology, and understand the threats facing wild bees. Over the summer, youth will work with the Program Manager and program volunteers to monitor test plots in 4 locations across the city. The data collected will be analyzed and used to inform park management practices and raise public awareness about how to create pollinator-friendly lawns. The program helps urban youth connect with nature in their communities, improve observational and applied science skills, and nurture a lifelong love for nature.