Learn to Love Heartland Bees

The prairie is home to a wide variety of bees that make our food production possible — let’s learn to appreciate how their hard work pays off!

About the Activities

Native bees are important pollinators that help plants make fruits and seeds, and the American prairie is home to many different kinds of bees. In this series of activities, kids will learn about the importance of native bees for foods we love to eat, and how they do what they do, and how we can help protect them.

Grades: 2-8
Topics: Environmental Science, Life Science, STEM

Brought to you by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Dr. Joseph Wilson, Utah State University, National 4-H Council’s Ag Innovators Experience Native Bee Challenge, and USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Bee pollinating a flower
A bees next and some pieces of wood
Yellow flowers in a field
A butterfly pollinating a flower
A butterfly pollinating a flower
A butterfly pollinating a flower

Shop 4-H Curriculum and Products

Shop 4-H offers university-backed STEM curriculum, educational kits, products and supplies to expand your knowledge of butterflies, insects and more.

Butterfly Bingo Game from Shop 4-H

Butterfly Bingo

This bingo game comes with pieces for 2-6 players and makes learning about butterflies fun! Each card has facts about butterflies and their relatives. The first person to cover the selected pattern and yell "caterpillar" wins!

$16.99

Butterfly WINGS Youth Curriculum from Shop 4-H

Butterfly Curriculum Youth Digital Download

Youth learn to identify the butterfly families and common butterflies.

 

Each purchase provides 1 access code.  All access codes will be emailed within one business day after processing.

$5.00

 
Butterfly WINGS Leader Curriculum from Shop 4-H

Butterfly Curriculum Leader Digital Download

Find facilitator tips, activity guides, and additional resources for the Project Butterfly WINGS curriculum.

 

Each purchase provides 1 access code.  All access codes will be emailed within one business day after processing.

$5.00

 
Monarchs on the Move Challenge Kit from Shop 4-H

Monarchs on the Move Challenge Kit

Youth learn about the life cycle of monarch butterflies and understand the challenges that impact their declining population including habitat loss, extreme weather, and pest management.

$29.95

insect curriculum from Shop 4-H

All About Insects Bundle

Grades: Pre-K-3

 

Includes three activities and an insect collecting jar.  Youth learn the basics of insects and search for insect clues and insects.

$7.95

 
Teaming With Insects Curriculum from Shop 4-H

Teaming With Insects Curriculum

Grades: 3-12

 

Introduce kids to the world of insects through activities that expand on the basic concepts of biodiversity, invasive species, integrated pest management, and forensic entomology.

$26.95

 

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