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Outreach and Education Materials:

Neighborhood Explorers: Let's Go Outside!  
Neighborhood Explorers: Let's Go Outside!
Learn about pollinators and other wildlife using Neighborhood Explorers. Pollinators are featured in "Lucy's Story", "Lucy's Challenge", and "NX Detective Game".
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Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle and Conservation an overview of monarch butterfly biology and conservation. (Screen Quality 3.1 MB)

This presentation provides an introduction to pollinators. The Birds and the Bees and . . .The Beetles? Why we should care about pollinators (Print quality 5 MB or Screen Quality 3.5 MB) was developed for refuges, nature centers, scouts, 4-H, and other leaders to download and use as an introduction to local observation of pollinators.

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FWS Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series archives  

Monarch Live!

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Environmental Education Webcasts for schools

Monarch word search

Video of monarch butterfly emerging from chyrsalis

Monarch Tales, activities for grades 1-3

Monarch Curricula from University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Monarch Teacher Resources from U.S. Forest Service

Journey North educational resources

National Geographic Monarch Lesson Plan

Monarch Watch in the Classroom


Pollinator Live!

Pollinator Live! Interactive webcasts, and satellite field trips about pollinators, gardening, and conservation.

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Go! Wild

Pollinators are featured in issue number six of "GO! Wild" an environmental education activity guide from Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

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Nature’s Partners: Pollinators, Plants and You

The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign's Pollinator Partnership™ has launched a new curriculum, Nature’s Partners: Pollinators, Plants and You, designed to help students in grades 3-6 study the interactions of plants and pollinators. The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign is coordinated by the non-profit Pollinator Partnership, formerly known as the Coevolution Institute. The Fish and Wildlife Service has partnered with the two groups to protect pollinators by working together to help conserve pollinators and raise awareness of the importance of pollinators.

'Nature's Partners. Pollinators, Plants and You,' photo collage.

"Nature's Partners. Pollinators, Plants and You" © The Pollinator Partnership

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide. Second Edition 2011 pdf file icon

The Schoolyard Habitat program guidebook is a tool that takes teachers and administrators through the process and outlines the steps to creating a successful project where students go outside to experience nature. The guide has everything you need to go from concept to completion, and with a successful result: creating a natural spaces on school grounds where students will observe, draw, write, think, question and learn.

Tips on planting and maintaining school yard gardens.

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Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide: A planning guide for creating schoolyard habitat and outdoor classroom projects


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"The Monarch Highway", 2017 Pollinator Poster, Credit: Stephanie Law

Learn more about the species featured on the poster.

Learn more about monarchs.

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"Trees for Bees", 2016 Pollinator Poster, Credit: Natalya Zahn.

Information on species on poster.

Join the Conversation about Native Bees

"They Don't Eat Their Pollinators", 2015 Pollinator Poster, Credit: Teri Nye.

Learn more about the species featured on the poster and the making of the poster.

Join the Conversation about Native Bees
"Native Orchids Need Their Pollinators", 2014 Pollinator Poster, Credit: Emily Underwood.

Information about Pollinators featured on the poster

Information about Orchids featured on the poster

Learn about orchid conservation and research at Panther National Wildlife Refuge

Learm more about orchids

Learn about the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid

Learn about the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid

Join the Conversation about Native Bees
"The Wonder of Discovery: Pollinators All Around", 2013 Pollinator Poster.
Credit: Carolyn Vibbert.

Key to pollinators featured on the poster

Key to plants featured on the poster

Key to activities featured on the poster

Black and white version of the poster for coloring

Learn more about some of the species on the poster:

Lesser long-nosed bat
Rufous hummingbird
Monarch butterflies | Monarch butterflies Podcast
Native Bees Podcast



Join the Conversation about Native Bees
"Pollinator Pathways " 2012 Pollinator Poster.
Credit: Steve Buchanan

Key to species featured on poster

Brief information about migration and all species featured on the poster

Join the Conversation about Native Bees
"Join the Conversation about Native Bees" 2011 Pollinator Poster.
Credit: Steve Buchanan

More information about the bees in the poster

A World of Pollinators

"A World of Pollinators" 2010 Pollinator Poster.
Credit: Steve Buchanan

List of species featured in the "A World of Pollinators" poster.
More information about species in the poster.

The Pollination Equation Pollinator Poster2009. Credit: Steve Buchanan
"The Pollination Equation " 2009 Pollinator Poster.
Credit: Steve Buchanan

List of species featured in the "The Pollination Equation" poster.
More information about selected species in the poster.

Articles and Fact Sheets:

Pollinator Brochure: Attracting Pollinators to your Garden.

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Busy Bees: Pacific and Southwest Regions Rise to the National Pollinator Challenge from Fish & Wildlife NewsWinter/Spring 2012

Netresults Crowds Descend to HelpTag Monarch Butterflies from Fish & Wildlife NewsWinter/Spring 2012

La Crosse Area Garden Club and YCC Team Up to Help Pollinators. From Fishlines July 2011 pdf file icon

5th Grade Butterfly Garden. From Fishlines July 2011 pdf file icon

Where it all began – San Bruno Mountain : Learn how the habitat conservation plans began with two butterflies and a snake. Article from Endangered Species Bulletin. Fall 2010. pdf file icon

Saving a Buttefly : Learn about work in the Willamette Valley to save the Fender’s blue butterfly Refuge Update July/August 2010 pdf file icon

Nevada : Two new species of bees discovered at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge . . . while studying pollinators and desert plants. Refuge Update July/August 2010 pdf file icon

Replanting a Tall Grass Prairie: Learn about restoring native tall grass prairie at Neil Smith NWR for pollinators and other wildlife. Article from Endangered Species Bulletin . Fall 2009. pdf file icon

Bringing a Butterfly Back From the Brink. (from the Fall 2009 issue of the Endangered Species Bulletin. pdf file icon

Welcome Pollinators! Genoa National Fish Hatchery now welcomes people to its new Children’s Butterfly Garden. from the August 2009 issue of Fish Lines. pdf file icon

Rare Butterfly Spotted at Florida Refuge: A rare Eumaeus atala butterfly has been spotted in the newly-renovated Butterfly Garden at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. August 19, 2009.

Two California Butterflies Wing Toward Recovery: Learn how FWS is working with partners to recover two endangered butterflies, the Palo Verdes Blue and El Segundo Blue.. Article from Endangered Species Bulletin. Spring 2009. pdf file icon

Partners in Pollination: Invasive plants & pollinator interactions article from the Endangered Species Bulletin Fall 2008. pdf file icon

Planting a Butterfly Garden at Wilson Elementary article from the Fish Lines September 2008. pdf file icon

Partners in Pollination: "Pollinators, Plants and People" article from the Endangered Species Bulletin Summer 2008. pdf file icon

Pollinator Conservation and Education - overview of how the Service is Involved in Pollinator Conservation. March 2008. pdf file icon

Nature's Partners: Pollinators Plants & You Copyright 2007 pdf file icon

Monarchs on the Move - Monarch Butterflies are featured in the newest issues of the Service's Chesapeake Bay Field Office quarterly newsletter - On the Wild Side! Fall 2007.

Learning About the Birds and Bees. Article from the Fish and Wildlife News - Special Issue: Children and Nature Summer/Fall 2007. pdf file icon

Whole Lot of Buzzing Going On - Article from Refuge Update, January/February 2007, on bee surveys at Carolina Sandhills NWR, SC. pdf file icon

"Bees and the Lane Mountain Milk-vetch". Article from the Endangered Species Bulletin. November 2006. pdf file icon

"The Conservation of Pollinating Species". Article from the Endangered Species Bulletin. July 2006. pdf file icon

Focus...on Pollinators: Why We Should Care About Pollinators. Article from Refuge Update Newsletter. March/April 2006 pdf file icon

Fact Sheet: Reducing Risks to Pollinators from Pest Management Activities pdf file icon

Take Pride in America - Friends of Anahuac Refuge Project: Refuge Update Nov/Dec 2005 (pp 3). pdf file icon

News from the Web:

Butterflies Abound, Field Notes, June 4, 2014

Students Learn to Plant the Seeds of Conservation, Field Notes, January 27, 2014

If Two Heads Are Better Than One… How About Three?, Genoa News and Notes, December 2013.

Learn about the South Dakota Prairie Butterfly Garden at Oahe -Downstream Recreation Area

Like Pumpkin Pie? At Thanksgiving We Need to Thank Pollinators, Director's Corner, Nov. 25, 2013

Students Create Food for Pollinators and People, Field Notes, August 29, 2013

Bats are Pollinators, Too!, Open Spaces Blog, June 21, 2012, Rachel Penrod

Planting Trees Promotes Pollinators, Open Spaces Blog, June 20, 2012, Tana Nulph

Pollinators in Peril, Open Spaces Blog, June 18, 2012, Rebecca Bartel

Protect Pollinators in 5 Easy Steps, Open Spaces Blog, June 17, 2013, Rebecca Bartel.

New Pollinator Garden planted at John Heinz NWR at Tinicum, PA

Pollinators, Our Ecosystem, and the Threats They Face, The Right Science in the Right Places Webpage, Northeast Region, 2011

Middle School Students Take Charge of Creating Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat, Field Notes, May 10, 2011

Arizona: As Vegetation Moves to Higher Elevations, What Happens to the Pollinators?, Open Spaces Blog, May 2, 2011

USFWS studies high elevation pollinators in Arizona

Students at Ventura County School Plant Schoolyard Habitat to Attract Pollinators and Native Wildlife, Field Notes, June 21, 2010

Last Updated: March 19, 2018