Pollinator Garden Tip Sheet

Garden tip sheet, grades 3–12

About Pollinator Gardens

A pollinator garden provides habitat for and attracts pollen-spreading species. Pollinators make native habitats and food growth possible; therefore pollinator gardens have an essential function to our planet.

Resources for Finding and Planting Pollinator Plants

Nature Works Everywhere Lessons for Pollinator Gardens

  • Bee Detective: Discover the Culprit Behind Declining Bee Populations: In this lesson, students will study the loss of bees due to colony collapse disorder (CCD). Since bees provide vital benefits to people, including crop pollination, and products such as honey and beeswax, the loss of bee colonies through CCD is a serious concern.
  • Pollinators: Putting Food on the Table: This video illustrates the incredible importance of pollinators to agriculture and landscapes. Students build a pollinator garden and learn how little of their picnic lunch would be possible without pollinators.
  • Gardens Activity Guide: Habitat: In this activity, students conduct a census to identify species in the garden habitat and observe their interactions with one another and their environment, focusing on the role of pollinators. Through observation and data collection, students will determine which species inhabit the garden, investigate relationships between them, and identify factors that may affect them. By tracking species over a period of time, students may discover patterns in biodiversity related to changes in the garden habitat.

Published April 2016, updated April 2017