Protecting Pollinators

Fuzzy-horned bumble bee on a pink flower
Photo by Peter Pearsall - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Pacific Region

Middle school students explore the exciting world of Washington's pollinators and learn why pollinators are important to our environments and economies. Students then create a sound map in a local outdoor space, using their ears, nose, and touch to observe their environment. Next, students observe the insects within that area and how insects interactions with their habitat. The lesson culminates in a community science identification project where students learn how to identify bumble bees in Washington so that scientists can get a better understanding of where bumble bees exist in our state.

Lesson Plan 

Protecting Pollinators (PDF)

Supporting Materials