This is a Girl Scout Gold Award Project, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. The project requires 80 hours of community service to create a sustainable project. As a lover of the great outdoors, my project centers around helping the pollinator bees.

If you haven’t been reading the news, it might shock you to hear our pollinators are in danger. Due to pesticides and loss of habitat, some species are even in danger. Because native bees account for about 1 in 3 bites of food we eat and over $15 billion dollars of US economy, it is important that we try to fix the damage we have created. While professionals are taking great steps to get rid of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and the neonicotinoids that might be behind it, there are things that we can do to help our bees.

The goal of my project is to raise awareness for pollinator bees and provide a home for them at Winthrop University. dsc_1364Near Dalton Hall, my garden supports pollinator bees year round. The shelter specifically supports Osmia Lignarius or Mason Bees. These bees are solitary and don’t sting unless you take them between your fingers and squeeze (but if you did that, you deserve to get stung). The plants are from Prairie Nursery, and you can buy the pre-planned garden using the link.

The garden may or may not prosper, but without awareness, my project has failed. My goal is to cause a ripple effect, where my garden inspires others to create their own. One garden only helps a few bees, but if everyone who read this website planted a few pollinator friendly plants, we would make a huge difference.

If you want to help my project and the environment, there are a couple things you can do. First and foremost, share what you have learned with others! Tell your friends to access the website and visit my garden. This gives me measureable data so I can see how many people know about my website. Next, get a couple of friends together and plant a garden of your own. If you do, let me know through the contact information. It means a lot to me to see how my project has affected others.

Thank you!