New Ohio Pollinator Advocate trainings scheduled

New Ohio Pollinator Advocate training dates have been scheduled at Secrest Arboretum in Wooster (August 7 or September 11), The Dawes Arboretum in Newark (August 13), and at The Bergamo Center in Dayton (September 13). These are identical training sessions, just different locations. Small fee required.

Ohio Pollinator Advocates are certified, trained volunteers who spread the word about the importance of pollinators. Advocates complete at least two hours of training in pollination biology, Ohio bee identification, bee biology and habitat enhancement. Once certified, advocates agree to teach two programs to adult and youth audiences to help spread the word about why pollinators matter and how to take action to conserve these important animals. Advocates have access to outreach resources and materials, including PowerPoint programs and identification guides. 

Learn more here, and register to attend here.

Free native perennials in exchange for helping hands in Wooster! 6/28

The OSU Bee Lab is having a planting and native perennial distribution work day next Thursday 6/28 from 9:30AM to 2PM in Wooster. We’ll meet in the parking lot between Thorne Hall and the Stinner Pollinator Garden on the OARDC campus in Wooster (between #8 and #9 on the map). Come when you can and stay as long as you can. Helpers will go home with native perennials as a thank you for your help! We’ll be helping OSU staff load perennials for state pollinator gardens, and planting native plugs in the 40 x 40 native demonstration plot.

Bring water and lunch, and dress for the weather.

Let Denise know ( if you can join us so we can plan accordingly. Thanks!

Bee Blitzes across Ohio during National Pollinator Week, June 16 – 24

Join Denise Ellsworth from the OSU Bee Lab along with fellow bee enthusiasts at one of these Bee Blitz events across Ohio during National Pollinator Week, June 16 – 24. We’ll use nets and vials to catch (and then release) bees in the field and identify common Ohio species. Shorter events are free; longer events require registration and small fee (see below).

Nets, bee ID guides and vials provided to use in the field. Bring water, a snack or lunch in a day pack, and dress for the weather and ticks. If the weather looks threatening, call Denise to check for cancellations: (234) 249-4346. Questions? Contact Denise at

  • Saturday, June 16th: 11:00 – 1PM (no fee)

Bissell Nature Center,  3973 Callender Road, Rock Creek, OH 44084

  • Monday, June 18th: 1PM – 3PM (no fee)

Smuckers Store, Orville. Meet in parking lot: pollinator plot is south of the lot.

Secrest Arboretum, Wooster (Miller Pavilion, #5 on the map)

Ohio Pollinator Advocate Training and PM Bee Blitz

Indoor training in the morning, field time in the afternoon

Bring your lunch

  • Wednesday, June 20: 1PM – 3PM (no fee)

Rittman Orchard, Doylestown. Meet at the orchard store entrance.

  • Thursday, June 21: 1PM – 3PM (free for members, $10 fee for non-members to enter Holden)

Holden Arboretum, Kirtland. Meet at the visitor center.

OSU’s Waterman Farm, Columbus

Ohio Pollinator Advocate Training (10 – 12:30) and PM Bee Blitz (1 – 3PM, no fee)

Indoor training in the morning in the farm classroom, field time in the afternoon

Bring your lunch

  • Saturday, June 23: Anytime between 10AM – 3PM

Pollinator Palooza at Franklin Park Conservatory

Come to the pollinator garden throughout this free pollinator festival!

34 New Ohio Pollinator Advocates Trained in Mason!

Welcome to the newest group of Ohio Pollinator Advocates, trained on March 24th at the Southwestern Ohio Beekeeper School in Mason! Our next training will take place in Columbus on April 5th at the Franklin County Extension office. We’re well on our way to training 200 Ohio Pollinator Advocates in 2018!