What is Bees@Schools?

Bees@Schools is a program based out of the University of Guelph that provides school classrooms with hands on scientific experience while collecting valuable data. Each participating school receives a wild bee nest box in the spring that is installed throughout the summer. In the fall, nest boxes are sent back to the University of Guelph’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics. Here, the contents of the nest boxes will be analyzed using DNA barcoding to investigate the distribution of wild bees in Canada and the food they eat.

This map shows our participating schools from 2021 in grey, 2020 in green, and 2019 in blue! This year, we have 186 nests currently installed! In 2021 we had 170 nest returned, and during our 2019 pilot year, we had 42 successfully installed nest boxes.