Native Bee Workshop

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

This event is sold out! Click here if you would like to be added to a waitlist.

Wondering how you can make your yard pollinator-friendly? Are you intrigued by the role of pollinators in food systems? Concerned about global decline of bees? Join the Town of Okotoks and the Alberta Native Bee Council (ANBC) for a family-friendly evening to learn about our native pollinators, how you can help them flourish and build your own bumblebee nest box to take home! Participants in this workshop will learn about our 27 bumble bee species and many of the other 300+ species of native bees.

Join us for a presentation from Alexandria Farmer, from the Alberta Native Bee Council (ANBC) and Biologist from Mount Royal University, on bumble bees, their ecology and how to ensure their success! This will be followed by a workshop on how to build a bumble bee nest-box. Note: bring your cordless drill and a #2 robertson bit if you want to assemble on site. If you don’t have a drill, one will be available for you.

One of the coolest parts of this workshop is that you get to be an active part of helping collect data on native bees! Take home and monitor your nest box, then report back to the ANBC so the data can be collected and used in scientific studies. 


Please note:

  • Participants MUST pre-register to ensure that we have enough nest boxes for everyone.
  • Children need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • One bee box per household will be provided.
  • $5 Donations for the Alberta Native Bee Council are welcome and can be made at the door.

About the Alberta Native Bee Council:

The Alberta Native Bee Council (ANBC) was founded in 2017 with the vision to promote conservation of native pollinator communities. They have started the Bumble bee Nest box Monitoring Program to help collect data on species abundance and diversity, while also raising awareness about native pollinators in Alberta.


About the Series

This session is part of the NEW monthly Okotoks Green Living Workshop series. These family-friendly. hands-on workshops focus on the various things we can do at home and around Okotoks to live in balance with nature. Most sessions are FREE or have a nominal cost, but space is limited, so RSVP to reserve your spot!

Community, Sustainablility, Town of Okotoks Event
Jinny Toffelmire