There are a variety of options for students, employees, and community members to get involved and learn about pollinators.

Pollinator Friendly Campus Committee

To attend the Pollinator Friendly Campus Committee meetings, please contact us, or participate in one or more of the opportunities listed below.

CSU Apiculture Club

The 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.

Contact the President of the CSU Apiculture Club, Freddie Haberecht at wfredh@rams.colostate.edu or reach out to csuapicultureclub@gmail.com to get involved. Follow them on Instagram @csuapicultureclub.

Source Story and Video
What Happens to Bees in Winter? (Dec. 10, 2018)

Source Story 
Students Buzzing with Activity in Beekeeping (April 25, 2018)

Following the first World War, the U. S. Government funded an educational program to help wounded military veterans.  Colorado Agricultural College participated fully in these efforts. One of the more popular training programs was beekeeping.  This photo is from 1921 and was taken about where the current Engineering-Physics Building stands today. Photo Credit: University Historic Photograph Collection of the Archives and Special Collections of the CSU Libraries.

Student beekeeper Colorado State University
Colorado State Apiculture Club
Freddie Haberecht, beekeeper and president of the student apiculture club at Colorado State University.

Honey Bee Veterinary Medicine Club (HBVM)

In January 2017, honeybees were placed under the jurisdiction of veterinarians as “food supply animals” through the FDA Veterinary Feed Directive. This change has led to a countrywide effort by veterinarians with interest or education in honey bee management to step up and teach their colleagues about the newest (and smallest) veterinary patients.
Alongside this effort, Colorado State University DVM program has the country’s first ever DVM student organization that is focused on teaching veterinary students the basics of honey bee biology, management, and pathology. The addition of honey bee hives on campus provides a great hands-on experience for veterinary students to know honey bee management and handling. With this, the club also hosts seminars and lectures throughout the calendar year to teach everything from basic honey bee biology to colony disease management and treatment. The club has over 80 veterinary student members.

If you have any questions about the club and activities, please contact Christina Geldert, president and founder of the club, at cgeldert@colostate.edu.

Listen to Podcast
How Veterinarians Can Help Save the Bees

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Features Christina Geldert, HBVM club president

Citizen Science Opportunities

  • 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.

Promoting Pollinators on Campus and in Our Communities

This presentation is a basic introduction to pollinators. We explore ways to promote pollinator populations, from including plants in your garden that attract pollinators and management of honeybee hives to safe engagement practices and resources. After a basic introduction to pollinators, we focus primarily on the insect species with a specific emphasis on bees. What is a pollinator? What is a pollinator habitat? How do they fit into our concept of a sustainable university? What is CSU doing to encourage more pollinators on our campus? How can you create pollinator friendly habitats on the property where you live? We will share simple practices you can incorporate to help support native habitats and healthy ecosystems. Understand how native and non-native plants can be components of pollinator habitats. We help participants to better understand patterns and behaviors of pollinator communities. We provide information about who to contact concerning engagement with pollinators, and give tips for how to safely interact with these fascinating creatures. The CSU Apiculture Club also discusses the importance and impact of honeybees through our hives on campus. What does it mean for hives to be a part of the campus community, visible and accessible? What hands on educational experience does the club offer? Please join us in discovering the diverse world of pollinators.

Presentations in 2018 and 2019 include:

  • CSU Professional Development Institute “Truth Bee Told” session, 1/8/2018
  • CSU Earth Week “Lunch ‘n Learn” session, 4/25/2018
  • CSU Professional Development Institute “Truth Bee Told” session, 1/15/2019

We will list upcoming presentations as they get scheduled. In the meantime, feel free to review our most recent PowerPoint presentation about pollinators:

Truth Bee Told – PDI Presentation on Pollinators

CSU Professional Development Institute session about pollinators - Lisa Mason presenting to audience
CSU Professional Development Institute session about pollinators - Holly Miller and Ronda Koski presenting to audience
CSU Professional Development Institute session about pollinators - Freddie Haberecht presenting to audience