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Education has an important role in North American pollinator recovery. Because pollination involves complex interrelationships in the natural world organized education, whether at schools, informal instructional settings, or by professions is very important. There are many educational programs of varying depths, audiences and distribution that have been developed for pollinators over the years. The following list is a sampling of some of these resources.

AgPollinators: Collection of quality programs in one place

Pollinator Partnership Resources

Pollinator Partnership Ecoregional Planting Guides

Xerces Society Schools Site

National Wildlife Federation: Garden for Wildlife Pollinator Resources

US Fish and Wildlife Service

KidsGardening Resources

USDA Forest Service Monarch Butterfly Education Resources



Looking for ways to engage your students in the pollinator conversation? This section provides a variety of resources for you to explain the connection between pollinators, plants and people! Here you will learn the basics of planting a pollinator garden as well as have access to pollinator activities that can be done right in the classroom or at home:

Curricula and Lessons

Pollinator Live and Project Learning Tree and U.S.D.A Forest Service

Montana Department of Agriculture (Sample of state-based program)

Nature’s Partners: The Pollinator Partnership

Monarchs in the Classroom: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Pollinator Partnership: BeeSmart TM School Garden Kit

The Power of Pollinators: Xerces Society

Next Generation Science Standards

An example of Next NGSS Lesson Plan by S & K

4H Butterfly Curriculum

National Environmental Education Foundation Pollinator Guide

University of Minnesota Monarch Lab’s Education & Gardening site: The Monarch Lab provides an abundance of educational tools, workshops, and expertise through a variety of different programs aiming to promote and facilitate inquiry-based education through original curricula and research opportunities, many of which involve schoolyard gardens.

Journey North resources: Journey North has a wide variety of monarch resources ranging from slideshows to activities to infographics about every stage of the monarch migration and life cycle.

Flight of the Butterflies classroom activities: Curricula and activities based on the Flight of the Butterflies film.


Plant Lists:

National Wildlife Federation Native Plants

Pollinator Partnership Eco-Regional Planting Guides

Xerces Society Pollinator-Friendly Plant Lists

National Gardening Association Pollinator Garden Resources

MonarchWatch.org Milkweed Market

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center Plant Lists

North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Garden & Habitat Program

American Floral Endowment Bee & Pollinator Stewardship Initiative 

WildOnes Wild for Monarchs

Audubon Native Plants Database

Monarch Joint Venture Create Habitat for Monarchs

American Horticultural Society Planting for Pollinators

Herb Society of America Green Bridges Initiative

Bee City USA Create Habitat

USDA-USFS Pollinators

Smithsonian Gardens Pollinator Gardens

US Fish and Wildlife Service Save the Monarch Butterfly

USDA The People’s Garden Pollinator Garden


Examples of School Garden Programs:

National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitats

KidsGardening School Gardens

Captain Planet Foundation Learning Gardens

Pollinator Partnership: Your school and pollinators

Monarch Waystation Program: Monarch Watch

US Botanic Garden School Garden Wizard

Wild Ones Seeds for Education (SFE) Program

MJV Schoolyard Gardens Fact Sheet


Examples of Pollinator Citizen Science Programs

Bumble Bee Watch

Xerces Bee Monitoring Protocol

Journey North: Monarch Butterflies

Pennsylvania Pollinator Monitoring Guide (Sample of state program)

Ecological Society of America: Pollination Toolkit

Monarch Watch

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project

Wild Ones Citizen Science Monitoring


Examples of Training and Education for Professionals

NAPPC Eco-regional Planting Guides: Pollinator Partnership

Pollinator Friendly Parks: Xerces

Pollinator Friendly Roadsides

Creating a Pollinator Friendly Landscape: Oklahoma Kerr Center

Bay Friendly Landscaping and Gardening: California

Connecting farmers, landscapers and beekeepers to protect pollinators: North Carolina: Cooperative Extension

Farmers/Land Mangars Practical guide: Habitat Creation and Management for Pollinators

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council

Missouri Native Plants for Landscapers Guide

Ontario Horticultural Association Guide to Creating Pollinator Patches

Department of Energy & Environment Pollinator Gardening

Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™), an interdisciplinary partnership led by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to transform land development and management practices through the nation’s first voluntary guidelines and rating system for sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings.