The Pollinator Ambassadors program is designed to engage new audiences to learn about pollinators and become empowered to teach others. Pollinator Ambassadors receive training and/or materials from experts to spread the word and lead more people to actions to help pollinators. The two main facets of the Pollinator Ambassador program are 1) Pollinator Ambassador Outreach Toolkits and 2) Pollinator Ambassador Training.
Pollinator Ambassador Outreach Toolkits
This versatile, portable, educational toolkit was created by pollinator experts at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab and Monarch Joint Venture. These kits provide science-based pollinator education through games and interactive features. The kits include instructions for education and outreach leaders. The content of the kit can be modified to benefit audiences with varying levels of pollinator knowledge. Users will come away with a new appreciation for pollinators as well as new ways to help them. We are grateful to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund for supporting production and distribution of the pollinator toolkits.
In addition to the physical kits, we are able to offer downloadable materials available to those not able to receive the physical kits. To recieve access to these materials, fill out theOnline Pollinator Education Toolkit Form
Kits will be mailed to recipients. We will have an option to pick up from the UMN Bee Lab if that is convenient. Anyone who wants to teach about pollinators can apply for a kit. We are distributing 200 kits and will prioritize people that usually reach a lot of people in their education, are distributed throughout the state (outside of metro will be prioritized), and those working with underserved audiences. These are interactive outreach materials. They do not require specific training as the materials are designed to stand alone but additional background information can provide enrichment, so we will provide some videos with additional information and instructions. Some written instructions will also accompany the kits. If you receive a kit, you will be asked to keep track of use and answer an annual survey.
In 2019, we trained 45 youth participants including students in Rochester, MN. We partnered with instructors from Monarch Joint Venture and Pollinate Minnesota to broaden our content. To support educators throughout the state of Minnesota, we created pollinator outreach toolkits. In 2020, we will send 200 kits to pollinator educators across Minnesota. Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).