Current Bee Schools
The dramatic decline of bee populations worldwide is a frightening trend in terms of food security for the planet. By becoming a Bee City School, we have an opportunity to support local pollinators and address this global crisis in a thoughtful and educational way. We are also excited to join a national network of schools and institutions that are striving to help bees and can share ideas and practices that have been successful. We feel that joining the Bee City family is a true enactment of thinking globally and acting locally.
Kent Public School
The Kent Public School Food Forest was designed and built on a south facing hill in an unused area of the school that was formerly just grass. It suffered terrible dry spells and heavy spring run-off that caused erosion. We transitioned it to a series of bumps that were designed to catch spring water flow and direct it back into the soil. Much of the area is now quite wild and going in the direction of natural habitat. My goal when I started was to provide an opportunity for students to see where food – particularly fruit and nuts, come from.
It has suffered some hard times as it is south facing and has no irrigation. But, slowly pioneering plants are taking hold and each Fall Mr Carlen’s class plants a few more nut and fruit trees. Some of them are germinated with sees in the class. Students get to see Monarch butterflys hatch, birds, squirrels, bumblebees, honey bees, many other pollinators, even foxes took up residence early in the hill’s development.
Birch Cliff Public School
We are thrilled to do our part in helping to preserve and protect our native pollinators! Our school is one of the oldest in the TDSB (est.1916), with a rich tradition of building community relationships and celebrating student success. Our new designation as a Bee City School means that we can extend our mission of experiential learning through our dedicated teachers, parent council and neighbourhood sponsors. We are very fortunate to have a large school yard green space where we are getting started with planting bee-friendly flowers and learning about the types of plants, fruits and vegetables that will allow for native bees and pollinators to thrive.
Nobleton Public School
Nobleton Public School has been a certified Eco school for three years. We started out with a silver certification and now we are
gold certified. We want to keep improving our outdoor spaces from both an environmental and educational viewpoint.
Bees are vital to our ecosystem. They are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and because of their laborious work ethic, we owe many thanks to these amazing yet often underappreciated insects.
Pollinators are necessary in producing fruits and vegetables which is beneficial for our local farmers. We believe that educating young minds about the importance of creating habitats for pollinators is necessary for bees to survive. We believe that becoming a Bee School would allow us to become local leaders in promoting awareness, providing habitats, and setting a positive action based initiative in our community.
Dunsford District Elementary School
On behalf of our Kindergarten team at Dunsford District Elementary School, we are elated to have been named the 25th Bee School in Canada. Our students have been busy planting gardens, planning a school wide spirit day, and preparing for our off site trip to kick off pollinator week at a garden unveiling in our community. We look forward to the many opportunities ahead to promote the bees, their importance and provide the rest of our school community with the knowledge that our kindergartens have acquired along our journey to become a Bee School.
Takhini Elementary School
Takhini is a K-7 elementary school that has a proud heritage and place in the history of Yukon education. We take special pride in our school programs and innovative approaches to education. As a northern school, we have access to a wealth of nature and opportunities for land-based learning. We believe it is important for our students to build on their traditions and take part in programs that aim to create an even greater sense of community.We are the 24th Bee School in Canada and the 1st in the Yukon. We have big plans for our 1st year and our staff and students are buzzing with excitement.
Kwä̀nä̀schis (Thank You)
St. Mary Catholic Elementary School
St. Mary has been an ECO School since 2015. We started off as a silver status school and achieved gold status after focusing our schoolyard green efforts. We have added outdoor classrooms, bird nesting boxes and have planted trees. Our school and community have an ever-increasing awareness of how “small steps can make a big difference” and our impact on the world. This year in 2019, our ECO team is striving to improve outdoor spaces from both an environmental viewpoint as well as a wondering learning space/experience for our students.
Ecole Elementaire Catholique Saint-Viateur
We are a French school located in a rural area. Nature and all its aspects are already a big part of our teaching. Our school also has a nature’s class setting on it’s grounds. This nature class includes a small building were our kindergarten students can play, a vegetable garden, a flower garden (that needs improvement), a circle made of tree stumps for lessons or story time and an insect hotel that is built every year by the grade four students. We are surrounded by forests and have access to them. We are pro-active with many environmental issues, are certified «gold» with eco schools.
Holy Cross Secondary School
The school community of Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough is very excited to receive the designation of Bee School. We have an active group of students and staff that are committed to the reducing the environmental impact of our school. The Holy Cross Bee Club, EcoSchool Team, and various classes have been involved in improving pollinator habitat (planting flowers, creating bee hotels, identifying pollinator species) for wild bees on the school grounds. The Bee Club is responsible for the care and maintenance of the three bee hives on the green roof of the school. After one full season, from opening of the hives in the spring to the honey extraction and prep for winter, the group of students eagerly awaits the warm weather to visit their buzzing friends.
Belvedere Parkway Eco Leaders
Belvedere Parkway Eco Leaders club is thrilled to accept the designation of the first Bee City School in Calgary, Alberta! We are a committed group of Grade 3 to 6 students that have been working to promote pollination in our local environment. Our goal is to attract local solitary bees and other pollinators by expanding our existing school vegetable garden and planting a local native wildflower garden and other ‘bee loving’ plants and installing solitary bee homes. We are excited to continue educating ourselves, so we may pass on our knowledge to others when we celebrate National Pollinator Week!
Our school is filled with motivated students who are passionate in helping the environment and the ecosystem within it. Especially, we are consistently addressing and advocating for issues in our community at Roots and Shoots, working together as a team to take action while becoming passionate citizens of our planet. One of our key advocacies is fundraising for the Bee Re search at the University of Guelph, through several fundraising campaigns like selling ice cream while making our community aware of the impact that bees have in our lives. Like Bee City Canada, we, as students of Cameron Heights, want to take further action in protecting our environment and our pollinators by becoming part of Bee City School. With the help of Bee City Canada, we believe that our school will progress in becoming an eco-friendly school while supporting the well-being of our essential pollinators.
Little Prints Daycare
Little Prints has been caring for children for more than 30 years. We are committed to creating a supportive environment around each child in our care. The Little Prints Blessed Trinity Teaching Garden has just yielded its second harvest. This raised bed garden has brought our elementary school, daycare and summer camp together through workshops in science, art and literacy, as well as innovative seasonal celebrations (Blessing of the Garden, The Big Soup, Sunflower Friendship Festival). Becoming a Bee School is the next step in the development of our garden curriculum.
Emily Carr Public School
First London-area Public School Designated Bee School
The student at Emily Carr Public School have heard that pollinators need our help and are doing their part! Last year, they planted many plants for pollinators in their school yard and are planning to plant more this year. They have also started a school-wide compost program so that they can enrich the soil in their garden beds and help their plants to grow. June promises to be a fun month at school with all the exciting activities that are planned to celebrate National Pollinator Week. Congratulation to the students, teachers and staff of Emily Carr Public School for all your efforts!
Gleneagle Secondary School
Pollinators have become a focal point at Gleneagle thanks to the inspiring work of the student-run Port Moody Pollinator Project and environmental clubs at the school. These students have collaborated to raise money to fund the creation of a garden featuring raised beds and a variety of plants that feed pollinators. In addition, they are considering starting a mason bee colony and want to get more of their peers involved by working with nearby middle schools to integrate learning about pollinators into their school environments. Kudos to these bright, young leaders!
North Bendale Junior Public School
Students are learning about pollinators while planting and caring for the school gardens
The North Bendale school community is excited about helping to save the bees! Throughout the school year, students have learned about pollinators and their connection to our food and biodiversity. They incorporated this knowledge into projects, such as designs for their school gardens, which will feature native and edible plants as well as bee hotels. A flower garden near the front of the school will beautify the area while providing food for the bees and butterflies. A larger garden at the side of the school has been planted with vegetables and other flowering plants. Students and parent volunteers will be visiting during the summer to ensure that the gardens are maintained.
Stratford Central Secondary School
Stratford Central is taking action to become more pollinator and environmentally friendly. They have created a pollinator garden and food forest, which offer good pollinator habitat while also proving an opportunity for students to learn about sustainable gardening and the health of pollinators. Upcoming plans include enhancing the garden with 72 additional native plants and shrubs as well as a celebration during Pollinator Week focused on the school’s food forest.
Polaris Montessori Elementary School
Polaris Montessori in Prince George, BC, focuses on teaching about the interconnectedness of life on our planet. Five new garden beds will serve as a place where students can learn about pollinators and their relationship with plants. Also, creative, educational initiatives, such as presentations by their intermediate students and articles published in the school newsletter, will provide students and their families additional opportunities to learn about pollinators.
Langton Public School
Langton’s Green Team is helping to bring positive changes to their school and local community! One important project has been creating a school garden featuring six raised beds, which the students plan to fill with wildflowers that they started from seeds in their classrooms. The students have also constructed insect hotels and followed guerilla gardening tactics, helping to re-wild a vacant space near their school using native seed bombs that they made.
Cottingham Junior Public School
We’re excited to learn that this Toronto school has committed to teaching its students about pollinators and their important role in nature. A new school garden planned for 2018 will include native flowers, shrubs, herbs and edibles. Also, the school will be creating the Cottingham Bee Ambassadors Club, which will offer workshops and other opportunities through which students can learn about bees, plants and gardening for pollinators.
This alternative secondary school located near High Park in Toronto has been committed to environmental education since the 1970s. A few years ago, a garden featuring native trees and shrubs was established. The school also hosts a Monarch Way Station with milkweed and a pollinator garden which includes an assortment of native flowers, herbs, grasses and several bee hotels. Another noteworthy initiative this school is involved with is Bird Studies Canada’s Project NestWatch, a citizen science initiative focused on collecting data on nesting birds.
Valley Park Middle School
We’re very excited to partner with this dedicated group of educators and students who see it as their responsibility to bring back the bees and raise awareness about their importance. Over the past few years, the school has gone through a massive yard revitalization, with a key component being the creation of a wetland featuring native plants, many of which attract pollinators. The school has also established a community garden where students and other community members in this densely populated area of Toronto have access to green space.
Moscrop Secondary School
The Moscrop Environmental Club are champions for pollinators in their school community and beyond! They want all high schools in Burnaby to become Bee Schools and are hosting them at an event where their guests can learn why this is important. They have also contacted the City of Burnaby to encourage them to become a Bee City. Many thanks and gratitude to Brennan Strandberg-Salmon, Kevin Lin and all other members of the Moscrop Environmental Club for their efforts to protect pollinators!
John Barsby Community School
A warm welcome to John Barsby Community School, the first Bee School in British Columbia, where members of the “John Bars-Bee Garden Club” have committed to enhancing pollinator habitat on school grounds and helping younger students at nearby Georgia Avenue Elementary School to learn how to be good stewards of the planet! Thank you to the John Barsby community for caring about nature!
Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute
Marc Garneau CI, a platinum status Eco School within the Toronto District School Board, continues its tradition of supporting environmental initiatives by joining the Bee City family! A garden with 200 native wildflowers was planted in May 2017. The school’s Bee City Committee has also partnered with teachers to incorporate pollinator-friendly initiatives in classrooms. Our gratitude to the team that’s making it all happen: students Lisa Wang, Raluca Gondor, Venice Cheng and Mandy Chen, teachers Michelle Woodley and Alicia Roberge, as well as caretaker Luke Chanmurugan.
Stirling Public School
Creative ways to help pollinators are sprouting-up at Stirling Public School in Stirling, Ontario. The unique ways through which students have championed seeds and their collaborative efforts to make our planet healthier are inspiring to us. Thank you, Mrs. Mossman-Cross. You and your students are spreading beauty and love!
Kortright Hills PS
Bee lovers with a mission! ‘A truly student-led initiative from beginning to end!’ says teacher Cathryn Dykstra. The students at Kortright PS ‘did research, spoke to bee experts from a university, made morning announcements, created posters to put up around the entire school, and produced numerous bee art activities to spread around their classroom walls. They designed a new pollinator garden for their school yard. They even organized a bee celebration day for the entire school where everyone was asked to wear black and yellow and they brilliantly orchestrated a school-wide bee assembly.’ Congratulations to these incredible young environmental leaders!
Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute
First high school declared a Bee School!
We are thrilled with the events and activities that Aidan and the Eco Team have organized to inspire their school community to care more about pollinators. This includes many STEM-related projects, the installation of wild bee houses and a well designed pollinator garden featuring locally sourced native plants. The team will also host a honey tasting event and a screening of Bee Movie during Pollinator Week. We are very grateful to the Eco Team at Anderson for everything they are doing for pollinators in Whitby and beyond.
Blythwood Public School
Congratulations to Zoe Rosenfeld and Josh Digirolamo for succeeding in getting your school to become a Bee School! We are excited by your plans to create a pollinator oasis and for inspiring your community with ideas like BEE-YOU-tiful Boulevards. As Blythwood’s B+B (Butterfly and Bee) garden plans grow, we are confident that your wonderful initiatives for connecting communities to the protection and celebration of pollinators will also grow, spreading the beauty of flowers and the bees. Thank you for gardening for wildlife!
Tredway Woodsworth Public School
The first Bee School in Canada!
Tredway Woodsworth uses an inquiry-based learning approach to teach their students about pollinators, their importance to nature and our food system. Their school garden and wild bee homes reflect an inspiring mix of art and the study of ecology. And, we owe a debt of gratitude to Mme. White for inspiring us to create the Bee City Schools program. So, thank you to the students and teachers of Tredway Woodsworth for sharing your love for pollinators and curiosity about nature!