Pollinators — such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and insects — play a crucial role in the production of most fruits and vegetables. They also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils and support wildlife.
Studies show that pollinator populations are in decline because of a loss of feeding and nesting habitats, pollution, and the misuse of pesticides. Learn how to protect our agricultural economy and food supply with the Master Pollinator Steward program.
This program will be provided weekly over six weeks. Wednesdays will be the primary course content, delivered virtually via Zoom. Fridays will be outdoor, face-to-face activities, demonstrations, and tours. The Friday sessions will enhance the content from the Wednesday session in order to deepen learning through a hands-on experience; Friday sessions are optional but encouraged. Both will take place from 10:00 am to noon.
The Friday sessions will be held in the Columbia / mid-Missouri area. Registrants will be notified of the Friday session locations before the course begins.
A course manual will be provided in either electronic form or hard copy, depending on the participant’s preference.
Week 1, May 19: Insects
Week 2, May 26: Relationship between plant and pollinator
Week 3, June 2: Honey bees
Week 4, June 9: Native pollinators
Week 5, June 16: Your garden landscape for pollinators
Week 6, June 23: Conserving pollinators
Contact: Letitia Johnson, JohnsonLK@missouri.edu or 573-445-9792