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Sustainable Urban Beekeeping: Native and Honey Bees - Habitat and Forage (online)

A bee drinks from a flower.

This is an online offering of BEES 020, part of the Sustainable Urban Beekeeping certificate series available through the Humber Arboretum and Humber College.


While the numbers of wild pollinators in rural areas are being decimated by industrial agricultural practices and loss of habitat due to peri-urban sprawl, their counterparts in urban environments are faring comparatively better.

This course will look at native pollinator populations that have higher densities in urban compared to rural areas. What factors contribute to this success, and what can urbanites do to make the city even more hospitable to wild pollinators? What are the benefits of encouraging wild pollinators in the city? 

A few of the many native bees to be found in Ontario will be introduced and supportive strategies for increasing and diversifying their urban populations will be discussed, including planting bee-friendly gardens and pollinator corridors. A guest speaker will share gardening expertise.


Course fee: $90 (plus HST) 


Monday June 15 - Part One: Honey & Native Bees, Keeping a Flower Diary (10:00 am - 12:30 pm EST)

Monday June 22 - Part Two: Bee-Friendly Plants and Growing Native Plants, including Q & A, with a gardening expert who is also a beekeeper (10:00 am - 12:30 pm EST)


Online via Zoom


Registration deadline is midnight on Wednesday June 10. You may register and pay online. After registering, you should receive an email by end of day on the Friday before the course starts with your Zoom login link and password. If you do not receive this email please check your spam folder, and if you can not locate it send an email to by end of day on the Saturday before the course date.