UConn has been certified as a Bee Campus since 2018. The initial certification was spearheaded by PIRG, a student activist organization on campus, who originally filled out the application and raised awareness about pollinator species. Our current Bee Campus USA Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students that are involved in pollinator-related activities on campus. This includes representatives from the Spring Valley Student Farm, Beekeeping Club, Eco Garden Club, EcoHouse, and more!
What is A Bee Campus?
This certification is given by the Xerces Society to university campuses that effectively:
- Create and assemble yearly a Bee Campus USA Committee
- Establish and enhance pollinator habitat on campus
- Engage in related service-learning projects
- Develop and implement signage about pollinator protection
- Offer courses that include information on pollinator conservation
- Maintain social media and online accounts to post Bee Campus updates
Learn more about these commitments on the Bee Campus website.
For More Information:
- Recommended Native Pollinator Plant Species List for Connecticut - this comprehensive list has information about blooming times and other fun characteristics of native pollinator plants.
- Sustainable Plants for Connecticut Schools - another useful list of native plants created by UConn Extension.
- UConn's Integrated Pest Management Plan - updated in November 2019.