Intensive weekend Bee Course with bee expert Olivia Carril, coming to Ohio 6/1 – 6/3

Join Olivia Carril and Denise Ellsworth at The Arc of Appalachia from June 1 – June 3 for The Bee Course, a workshop on the ecology, natural beauty, identification, and conservation of Ohio’s pollinators. Emphasis will be on enjoying close-up encounters in the classroom and  in the field to meet some of Ohio’s 500 species of bees – including the largest bumblebees, the smallest sweat bees, leaf-cutting bees and mason bees. The weekend will include ideas you can apply at home to attract and sustain pollinators in your home and gardens. 

Olivia Carril is the Author of, the Bees in Your Backyard: A Guide to North America’s Bees and has been studying bees since she was 18 years old. She completed a Masters degree in 2006 at Utah State University, establishing a long term ecological study of the environmental factors influencing bee diversity on the Colorado Plateau.  In 2013 she received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, studying a specialist bee (Diadasia) and its host flowers (Mallows and Cacti).  

Denise Ellsworth directs the honey bee and native pollinator education program through the Ohio State University Department of Entomology. In this outreach position, Denise supports and teaches beekeepers, farmers, gardeners and others across the state through a variety of workshops, webinars, written materials and electronic resources. 



Workshops coming to Ohio: Bees in Your Backyard with Olivia Carril

Learn from bee expert Olivia Carril at one of three day-long native bee workshops. This year’s “Bee Tour” will focus on practical ID in the field, using cameras or phones to capture images, and citizen science for everyone. We’ll practice hands-on bee identification through microscopes and exploration in the field with Olivia and a team of biology experts.

Workshops: June 4, 5 and 7, various locations. All sessions are 9AM to 4PM.

Monday, June 4th: Stratford Ecological Center,  Delaware

Tuesday, June 5th: The Dawes Arboretum, Newark

Thursday, June 7th: The Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center of the University of Mount Union Minerva

Cost: $65 per person, or $80 including Olivia’s book. Handouts, lunch and refreshments included.

bees in your backyard 2018 flier PDF

To register:

Free Lecture & Book Signing: Wednesday, June 6th 7PM

Olivia will discuss the natural history of bees, emphasizing the ones most commonly seen in Ohio and how to recognize them.  She will also provide tips on encouraging these important pollinators in your backyard.

University of Mount Union, Alliance Lecture and book signing: free and open to all. Please register by 6/4.

Olivia Carril has been studying bees for over 20 years, and is the co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard, A Field Guide to North America’s Bees.

Sponsored by: The Dawes Arboretum, The Ohio State University Bee Lab, Stratford Ecological Center, and The University of Mount Union.

Questions? Contact Denise at