The US Native Bee Challenge

National 4-H Council and Bayer collaboration supports youth activities around native bees

Apr 24, 2019
Many wild bees, like this leafcutter bee, are important pollinators which may become threatened if their habitat is lost. (Photo: Bill Duncan, Bayer Crop Science)

Many wild bees, like this leafcutter bee, are important pollinators which may become threatened if their habitat is lost. (Photo: Bill Duncan, Bayer Crop Science)

This spring and summer, youngsters from Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Nebraska will participate in the Native Bee Challenge, developed by Iowa State University.  Through collaborative, hands-on activities, the participants will learn about the importance of native bees as pollinators for food crops, explore the challenges facing today's native wild bee population and discover ways to enhance their habitat which, in turn, promotes biodiversity.

The challenge is part of the 2019 4-H Ag Innovators Experience (4-H AIE) activity, which has reached more than 48,000 young people since beginning in 2014, and is a collaboration between National 4-H Council and Bayer. It provides young people with an opportunity to use their critical thinking and STEM skills to solve a real issue facing the agriculture industry today.

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