Bee Campus

Bee Campus USA - University of California, Berkeley

UC Berkeley is now an affiliate of Bee Campus USA, an initiative of the Xerces Society that aims to foster ongoing dialogue to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and how each of us can take action to create healthy habitat. In light of UC Berkeley's longstanding history of leadership in the field of pollinators and pollination, we are proud to be the 5th California campus and the 80th campus in the nation to be certified. 

Bee Campus - Berkeley

To move this important effort forward on campus, a committee of faculty, staff and students has been formed, see the current committee members here. Bee campus is planning the rehabilitation of two campus gardens and working to add more pollinator friendly places to the landscape. Get active and help us garden and educate.

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Bee Campus USA

  • We are working in the City of Berkeley and received a $15,000 grant from the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund to aid our work to add native plant gardens, provide workshops, and engage resident volunteers. 

Berkwood Hedge Elementary School Presentation in Spring 2020 

Berkwood Hedge Elementary School Presentation in Spring 2020

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Save the Bees 

Our generation is experiencing a time of rapid change. We rely upon our natural environment to produce the most fundamental ingredients of life, from the oxygen we breath to the resources that we consume or use daily. Almost seventy percent of the food we eat, including the world’s major staple crops in fruit and vegetables require the pollination of bees, birds, flies, or other insects to properly develop into consumable goods. In this time we recognize that human activity has driven a number of changes that harm the organisms that we depend heavily upon for our own survival and security of a food supply. Steps must be taken to ensure the protection of honey bees, native bees and the multitude of other pollinators that exist. This will not only protect them in our local environment but add to the already burgeoning movement taking place worldwide to promote pollinator conservation. California is a leading producer of the world’s staple crops, such as almonds and tomatoes, which demand the presence of bees for proper fruiting. It is in our state’s interest to protect bees and the industries surrounding them. Resolutions at the local level will help protect bees and encourage statewide change, which is why UC Berkeley, that has long been at the forefront of diverse environmental and social causes, has become the 80th certified Bee Campus. View the list of current bee campuses here

Thanks to CALPIRG for helping to bring this save the bees opportunity to campus. 

Visit our Instagram account: @savethebees_initiative

Help us make the Campus and City of Berkeley bee-friendly!

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Our Bee Campus Team

Taylor Rein, Student Lead

Taylor Rein, Student Lead

Kai Allen

Kai Allen

Binod Bajgan

Binod Bajgan 

Clio Kolkey

Clio Kolkey

Kelly Rice, Student

Kelly Rice, Student