Resources for Educators

How can the Great Georgia Pollinator Census be part of a school STEAM program?

  • Sign up to be a part of the census.
  • Work with your school garden group to make sure you have a pollinator plant blooming during the census, Friday August 21st.
  • Request to be a part of the Georgia Pollinator Census Facebook page and follow up on Instagram @gapollinators.  Educational snippets are being shared through social media and those are easily copied for use in the classroom.
  • Use this webpage to find resources for use in your classroom leading up to the census.
  • With your supervision have your students count insects during the census and have them upload the counts to the website.
  • Since this is a true science project, we need to collect accurate data.  For younger students (pre-K, K) have them just count the number of pollinators and describe the insects.  This won’t count in our data but it will increase their insect knowledge!
Students at Maynard Jackson High School in Atlanta count insects as part of the census pilot project.
Campers at the Kid's Camp at the Research and Education Garden in Griffin created their own bee homes.
Young people learning about insects at the Atlanta Science Festival.

Featured Activity:

Honey Bee Roles:

Honey bees take on different roles, or chores, as they age.  This activity goes through each stage using props to illustrate the roles. It is appropriate for all ages and fun for all.  Download the activity instructions HERE.

 UGA Cooperative Extension/Gwinnett SWCD Partner to Support Pollinator Conservation

Now more than ever, teachers, parents and citizen groups across the Southeast are requesting resources that make learning about pollinators fun. Becky Griffin, of University of Georgia (UGA) Extension’s Urban Ag Center, recently teamed with the Gwinnett County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Tixie Fowler to create the “Backyard Nature Hunt”, an activity designed for the whole family. The goal is to get outside and explore nature in a pollinator garden, yard or other natural area that’s close to home. Try to fill in the whole playcard – use acorns to mark “found” items, or check them off with a crayon. Griffin suggests exploring with magnifying glasses and binoculars, and using smartphones to take photos of what you find. Creative extensions could include writing a poem, a story or journaling the experience, and if students are too young to write, to draw or verbally describe their discoveries.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BACKYARD NATURE HUNT PLAY CARD.

This guide contains all of the details on the census – how to count, how to identify insects that you will see, and how to submit the counts.  There is also a counting sheet that can be printed to take to the garden.   Feel free to print and copy this guide as many times as you need. Download the guide HERE.

Counting Sheet with Visuals:

One of the requests after last year’s count was a counting sheet with photos that students could take to the garden for counting.  Becca Stackhouse of UGA Extension created this one.  You can download it HERE.

This publication gives simple instruction on how to build nesting boxes for native bees, especially mason bees and leaf cutter bees.  It also has photos and details on the bees that use these type of nests. Download the publication HERE.

Lesson Plan Links

Science – entomology, biology, ecology, botany

Technology – use of social media, uploading census counts to the webpage

Engineering – creating bee homes, designing pollinator gardens

Art – insect and flower origami, pollinator haiku

Math – counting insects, comparing counts with other students, creating graphs of insects seen