Pollinator Friendly Campus

The Pollinator Friendly Campus Committee at Colorado State has been a subcommittee of the President’s Sustainability Commission since 2017. The committee incorporates and promotes pollinator friendly habitats across campus and creates engagement opportunities to help educate people about the benefits of supporting local pollinators. The committee has representatives from Facilities Management, Housing and Dining Services, Environmental Health Services, the City of Fort Collins, as well as academic experts, researchers, and students. Committee members collaborate and share resources that protect and improve on pollinator wellbeing and awareness at CSU.Bee flying to flower

Pollinator Friendly Campus Committee Members

Sophia Shepp, ASCSU representative
David Hansen, Campus Landscape Architect
Fred Haberecht, Assistant Director Facilities Management and University Planner
Freddie Haberecht, President of CSU Student Apiculture Club
Kelly Kellow, Horticulturist for Gardens on Spring Creek
Holly Miller, Horticulture Technician for Outdoor Services
Jeannine Riess, Public Health Administrator
Jim Graham, Director of Environmental Health Services
Ronda Koski, Research Associate, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
Kirstie Tedrick, Sustainability Coordinator, Housing & Dining Services
Lisa Mason, Horticulture Agent – Arapahoe Extension, CSU Extension
Mike Amato, Natural Resources Specialist – Invasive Species, CEMML

Bee Campus USA

CSU is Bee Campus USA certified! On April 24, 2018, The President’s Sustainability Commission recognized the Pollinator Friendly Campus Committee for its outstanding sustainability leadership that resulted in CSU becoming the first certified Bee Campus USA institution in Colorado! Our Bee Campus USA designation is part of a larger campus-wide initiative to transform our physical campus into a learning laboratory for the campus community and visitors.

Bee Campus USA Goals include:Certificate of Designation - Bee Campus USA

  • Create and implement a pollinator friendly habitat plan
  • Plan and develop pollinator friendly gardens across campus
  • Create pollinator engagement opportunities, including workshops and engagement events
  • Post educational stories and signage about the benefits of supporting local pollinators

9 news - CSU Bee Campus USA (April 2018)

Through association with our Bee Campus USA status, we have also gained an international partner to support our goals of creating more beneficial habitat on CSU’s campus. Over the summer of 2018, Bee City USA became an official initiative of the Xerces Society. “The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats.”

Bee City USA joins Xerces Society (June 2018)

Pollinator Friendly Gardens

Clark A Pollinator BedNative pollinator populations throughout the world have been experiencing critical threats to their survival with issues ranging from food insecurity to habitat loss. Considering the critical role pollinators play in our surrounding ecosystem, CSU has made a commitment to make our campus more welcoming to these essential creatures.

The Fall 2017 addition of the Clark A Pollinator Bed kicked off an agenda here at CSU to create more intentional spaces on campus, designed to support pollinators by providing consistent food sources and safe spaces for nesting. The flowerbed provides pollinator-attracting plants such as catmint, agastache blue boa, lavender, primrose, spirea, and beebalm. Along with flowers, it supports signage to educate the campus community about pollinators.

We have intentionally designed a number of campus locations with consideration for pollinators, including:

Clark A Pollinator Bed
Weed Research Pollinator Beds
Computer Science Memorial Garden
Rec Center Patio
Foothills Campus (various locations)

CSU starts initiative to bee friendly to pollinators (September 2017)


Butterfly on flower by Lory Student Center Fly on flower  Bee inside Pikes Peak Penstemon  Bee on top of yellow flower

Swarm Response

In addition to enhancing pollinator activity on campus, the university has a response plan for swarming or nuisance insects. Anyone concerned about bee swarms, which are more common starting in February through spring, or nuisance bees, wasps or hornets, should contact Environmental Health Services (EHS). Environmental Health Services will manage next steps, including calling beekeepers for assistance in removing a bee swarm from campus and safely relocating it. Contact EHS at (970) 491-6745.

Sting Response

What to do if stung? Remove the stinger as soon as possible. Localized swelling, pain, and itching are all normal reactions. Cool lotions or compresses can help relieve the pain and swelling. If you have a prescription for an Epinephrine autoinjector due to allergic reactions, administer it immediately after you are stung. If you have hypersensitivity reactions to either bee or wasp venom, contact your physician immediately. You can also contact the CSU Health and Medical Center with any concerns at (970) 491-7121.

Get Involved!

There are a variety of options for students, employees, and community members to get involved and learn about pollinators. Participate in one or more of the opportunities listed below.

Pollinator Friendly Campus Committee

To find out about meetings, please contact us.

Citizen Science Opportunities

Native Bee Watch
Image of the front cover of the Field Guide for Native Bee Watch

This is a citizen science project monitoring bee diversity and abundance in Fort Collins, Colorado. We recommend signing up for their newsletter to learn about opportunities for citizen involvement. They give trainings in late spring.

Lisa Mason gave a presentation at the Colorado Pollinator Summit on 11/05/2020!

CSU Apiculture Club

Apiculture Club suited up as beekeepers at DurrellThe Colorado State University Apiculture Club is a platform for students and those interested in bees to get involved in beekeeping. The club educates people on the importance of bees and beekeeping in the community, as well as provides a learning outlet for hands on beekeeping experience. The organization hopes to reach as many people on campus and in the community to help form an understanding and appreciation for bees and beekeeping.

To get involved or ask questions, contact the President of the CSU Apiculture Club, Freddie Haberecht, at csuapicultureclub@gmail.com. Follow them on Instagram @csuapicultureclub.

  Apiculture Club President, suited up as a beekeeper Beekeepers collecting a swarm to move to a new location Apiculture Club member, suited up as beekeeper Apiculture Club at Durrell with bees


In January 2020, members of the Pollinator Friendly Campus Committee presented pollinator information for CSU’s 41st annual Professional Development Institute. View the presentation: Pollinators on Campus and in Our Communities

Reading Recommendations

Local, National, & International Resources

  • Native Bee Watch
    A citizen science project monitoring bee diversity and abundance in Fort Collins, Colorado. Sign up for their newsletter for more information!
  • Nature in the City
    Programs provide residents with easy access to nature by creating and enhancing natural spaces in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • The Gardens on Spring Creek
    18-acre botanical garden within walking distance of the CSU Campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. Excellent educational and visual resource for building pollinator friendly spaces.
  • Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association
    An organization of both hobbyist and commercial beekeepers that provides a forum for education in beekeeping to NCBA members and the general public.
  • Colorado Beekeepers Association
    The Colorado Beekeepers Association aims to produce better beekeeping methods, better beekeepers, and a more unified system of apicultural work in Colorado.
  • Bee City USA
    Bee City USA works to foster awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.
  • Monarch Joint Venture
    A partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that support efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States.
  • The Xerces Society
    An international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats.
  • Pollinator Partnership
    An international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.
  • Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
    A campaign to register a million public and private gardens and landscapes to support pollinators.