In 2017, this unique three-month program will engage youth volunteers to collect population data on pollinators at seven public green spaces across Metro Vancouver. Youth receive 12 hours of in-field lesson time on pollinator biodiversity and data collection method at Oak Meadows Park, followed by group data collection events at each park over spring and summer blooms. Data is analyzed by a professional biologist and final reports are presented to each site partner, who use the findings to make informed choices about habitat management, plan restoration projects, and support pollinator diversity in Metro Vancouver parks. The program also includes a series of pollinator workshop for kids. Through these hands-on outdoor workshops, hundreds of children learn about bee and butterfly biodiversity, how to identify local pollinators, and how to carry out pollinator citizen science projects. The workshops are held at elementary and secondary schools across Metro Vancouver and in partnership with community groups. We deliver 10-15 workshops each year.
To join the program or inquire about hosting a workshop, contact Marika van Reeuwyk at firstname.lastname@example.org