Pollinators in the classroom

We have assembled resources to support teachers and students to use pollinator observations to gain skills in observation, data collection, and data analysis in the science classroom.

Resources to help you do your pollinator observations

Check out this video to see how to make pollinator observations and share your data with the scientific community.

If you are unable to get outside for observations, you can practice your skills with this video playlist of pollinators on flowers.

Before you go out, learn some basic pollinator identification with one of these tutorials.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnCg3PPTs9c

https://www.greatsunflower.org/node/1000250

This photo guide to common Minnesota pollinators can help you see what is what.

Photo guide to MN bees

PDF iconmnbeephotoguide.pdf

If you have photos of plants or pollinators that need identification, here is a tutorial video on how to use iNaturalist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xENz1xRu0wI

Resources to help teach about pollinators and inquiry-based science projects.

Check out the lesson plans in the The Driven to Discover Citizen Science Curriculum Guide: Pollinators and the Great Sunflower Project.

Pollinator curriculum guide

A variety of pollinator education pieces are available digitally with online components from the UMN Pollinator Education Toolkits.

Get access to these resources by filling out the Online Pollinator Education Toolkit Form  

Find out more about the Pollinator Education Toolkits and find out how to get a hold of a physical kit here.

Pollinator Outreach toolkits