Bee Campus

Exploring academic, engagement, daily operational and administrative practices to make campus more pollinator-friendly.

Our Hive

Guided by the Institutional Sustainability Strategy, UCalgary is exploring research, teaching and learning, campus and community engagement, and daily operational and administrative practices to make campus more pollinator-friendly.

Environmental Stewardship

Adaptive and native plant species incorporated throughout the campus environment improve, maintain and create new habitat for pollinators. Use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides is prohibited in the Community Garden, protecting ecosystem and pollinator health.



Awareness and Engagement

Garden orientations, pollinator celebrations and online resources increase awareness about the importance of pollinator conservation. Programs engage the campus and broader community to learn more about pollinators and the various roles they play in local and global food sustainability.


The Department of Biological Sciences researches bees and other beneficial insects to promote conservation on agricultural and urban landscapes. Campus as a Learning lab offers the potential for experiential learning opportunities to explore ways to improve pollinator habitat on campus

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Bee Media

The University of Calgary is committed to creating and enhancing our pollinator habitat on campus. Lean more about how we achieved our Bee City Canada campus designation and how you can support pollinators in your community.

Pollinator Programs

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Bee a Community Scientist

Researchers at UCalgary are interested in gaining understanding of the species diversity and abundance of pollinators supported by different flowering plants. Learn how you can get involved and bee-come a community scientist!


Campus as a Learning Lab

Interested in improving our campus environment to better support pollinators? Conduct your own experiential research through UCalgary's Campus as a Learning Lab.

Community Garden

Community Garden

UCalgary's Community Garden utilizes pesticide-free food to support pollinator health, sustainable food systems and healthy eating. Anyone can join the Community Garden Club to begin harvesting the benefits of local eating.


Digital Bee Collection

Thanks to a collaborative project between the Faculty of Science and Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR), a digital collection of native Albertan bee species is now available to researchers and bee lovers across the globe. The invertebrate collection consists of approximately 1.45 million insect specimens and counting. This initial digital collection represents bee specimens from species native to Alberta, collected by the Galpern Lab @ Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.


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Creating homes for urban pollinators

As humans continue to modify natural landscapes, gardens are becoming increasingly important habitats for pollinators in urban environments. Join us to learn more about the importance of pollinator conservation and how plant selection and garden maintenance practices influence pollinator survival, abundance, and diversity in cities.

Dr. Mindi Summers (Associate Professor (Teaching), Dept. of Biological Sciences, UCalgary) discusses pollinator diversity and what we know about how urban landscapes can support pollinator conservation.

Jennifer Hoglin (Master Gardener & Lead Designer, Gooseberry Gardens) describes how you can enhance the attractiveness and usefulness of your garden to pollinators, and thereby contribute to their conservation.