Featuring vibrant imagery and fun activities, this awe-inspiring presentation stimulates curiosity and reinforces essential environmental themes appropriate for each stage such as:
Bee diversity, needs, behaviour and life cycles
The importance and process of pollination
Local species and ecosystems
Agricultural productivity and human well-being
Threats to bees and pollination services
Plan Bee – Bees for sustainability and biodiversity
Bee Aware – Creating habitat for local bee species
Allow 25-45 minutes depending on stage & curiosity (Q&A session). The presentation is also available as a LIVE virtual option!
Make an insect hotel for local native bee species! A timber insect hotel is supplied as a 5-piece kit for group assembly using simple tools and instruction provided. Each hotel requires 10 nails, and insertion of bamboo. The hotel can be decorated post workshop. The workshop includes viewing of our amazing invertebrate collection, models and information display.
Allow about 1 hour depending on stage and numbers per workshop. See our VIRTUAL PACK below for details about delivery of hotels to support the live virtual presentation.
The installation of an insect hotel provides an incredible opportunity to witness bee and other invertebrate activity, enhance local biodiversity and encourages children to educate their friends and family.
Paint your hotel in non toxic (child friendly) floral coloured paint! Finish with eco-friendly lacquer – supplied to school workshops.
Secure your B & B 1-2 m above ground where it receives morning sun, afternoon shade & minimal weather exposure. It can be undercover on a veranda, on a fence post or under a tree!
Feed your bees! Flowers in different colours & shapes – exotics & local natives – something in flower all the time!
Ask your local community or council nursery about local plants for local fauna – very important to maintain plant host relationships for pollinators!
Download ‘Bee Friendly’ (resources and links page) for bee attracting plants
The closer your hotel to flowers, the less flight time required to collect pollen & nectar for the brood & the more eggs can be laid! More bees!
Leave some bare earth & dead wood for nesting.
Chemicals and pesticides can kill bees – BEE friendly!
Do not stand in the flight path of your bee guests – observe from the side.
Most solitary bees have an annual cycle. Females’ lays eggs over summer then die. The young over-winter in the nest & hatch in spring – it may take several cycles for them to find your hotel. Other insects may like it too – it’s good habitat!
Many solitary bee species can sting you, however they are not aggressive and it is very rare for them to do so.
Monitor & report insect activity on the Questagame app to build our knowledge about bee behaviour and distribution – it uploads to the Atlas of Living Australia. See resources page.
Inspire others – Talk it up – add a story about your Super Pollinators project to our Facebook page
Once the young emerge they will not reuse that cavity, so replace the content with bamboo, curled bark, pithy stems or drilled rounds for new uptake.
Different species seek different size holes – provide a range of 2-9 mm holes.
Make another hotel – salvaged untreated recycled hardwood is ideal. Build a box or reclaim a small drawer – get creative!