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Bee Keeper

Bees Alive!

 An Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Initiative for K-12 Teachers

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Bees Alive! is a program of the NYU Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education and Sustainability focused on pollinators and their essential contributions to food systems and ecosystems health.

A lesson about bee keeping

Our primary goal is to promote environmental literacy through civic ecology practices and service learning activities. We provide opportunities for public school teachers, K-12 students and community members to connect to nature in urban settings while increasing biodiversity and enhancing the ecosystem services provided by pollinator gardens and native plants.


  • Provide professional development opportunities for classroom teachers and non-formal educators
  • Provide field experiences for teachers and their classes to engage in environmental education and stewardship.
  • Develop an enrichment module in collaboration with P.S. 110, Brooklyn, on pollinators.
  • Establish a native plant garden in Lentol Garden in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
  • Develop programming for Lentol Garden for K-12 audiences and community members.
  • Create pollinator gardens in P.S. 31 and 34 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 
  • Create opportunities for citizen science and civic ecology practices for school groups and community members.
  • Connect environmental experts to the community through talks, field trips, and workshops.

Bees Alive! Pollinators and Their Habitats Curriculum

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Community Members and Students Participate in Bee Keeping

This program was made possible with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with NYC Audubon, Queens Botanical Garden, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Areas Conservancy, and P.S. 110.