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  • Pollinators & Pollination

    MSU Extension's focus on pollinators and pollination brings together educators and researchers who are working with experts around the country to provide the latest information through webinars, seminars, online resources and email newsletters.


  • Why Veterans Matter

    Published on November 5, 2018
    Guest Adam Ingrao, a former US Army soldier, devotes his life to making sure no veteran is left behind through MSU Extension services.

  • Pollinator Champions

    Pollinator Champions is a free, self-paced online course offered by MSU. The course is packed full of videos, articles and fun activities to guide you through the amazing world of pollinators and pollination. Everyone is welcome to learn about pollinators for free, but for a small fee, you can receive a certificate and materials to help you give presentations about pollinators.

  • Heroes to Hives

    A unique program offered through Michigan State University Extension that seeks to address financial and personal wellness of veterans through professional training and community development centered around beekeeping.

  • Extension Master Gardener Training

    The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program is an adult horticulture education and volunteer leader training program committed to improving science-based horticulture information in communities throughout the state. This course is currently being offered via Zoom and D2L.

  • May 3

    CANCELLED: MSU Tollgate Farm 4-H Fall Virtual Plants and Their Partners Interactive Week-long Series

    May 3, 2021 – May 7, 2021 1 pm EST Online

    Explore the world of plants as you visit MSU Tollgate Farm virtually to explore plant and animal interdependence and the important of plants, pollinators, and pollination.

  • Aug 3

    Bug Lunch 4-H SPIN club

    August 3, 2021 – August 24, 2021 Tuesdays August 3-24 @ 12PM EST Online via Zoom

    Come to Bug Lunch to learn more about the wonderful world of insects!

  • Nov 14

    Beekeeping presentation on queen issues & events in Tecumseh, MI

    November 14, 2021 2:00PM – 3:30PM AJ Smith Recreation Center 810 N Evans St Tecumseh, MI 49286

    Learn to decipher queen events like swarming, supersedure, and emergency queen loss and deciding when to intervene.

  • Oct 22

    Michigan Beekeepers' Association & MSU Extension Fall Conference

    October 22, 2021 – October 23, 2021 Online

    Beekeepers and people interested in learning more about beekeeping, honey bees, and hive products are welcome to attend.

  • Nov 17

    Horticulture Trivia

    November 17, 2021 7:15PM – 8:00PM Zoom

    Test your knowledge about all things plants and insects in Michigan. 30 question multiple choice trivia event with a prize for the top finisher.

  • The Wonders of Wild Bees: Small Organisms, Epic Possibilities

    Published on April 6, 2021

    Researcher Rufus Isaacs explains the unique role of wild bees and why we should all care about declining bee populations.

  • MSU Tollgate Farm Pollinator Project Video Series: What is a Pollinator? Part 1

    Published on May 20, 2020

    In this segment we ask the driving questions, 'What is a pollinator, and why are they important to us?', meet the bees, and begin an investigation of how we can help our pollinator friends.

  • Solar Pollinator Virtual Field Day #2

    Published on September 8, 2020

    Virtual solar pollinator habitat field day – Rob Davis. The second video in a three part series as part of Virtual Field Days.

  • Solar Pollinator Virtual Field Days #3

    Published on September 15, 2020

    Using controlled burn as a pollinator habitat establishment and maintenance tool – Ryan Koziatek. The last video in a three part series as part of Virtual Field Days.

  • Solar Pollinator Virtual Field Day #1

    Published on September 1, 2020

    Pollinator habitat establishment – Esther Durnwald. The first video in a three part series as part of Virtual Field Days.

  • Honey Bees with Ana Heck

    Published on April 24, 2020

    On our April 24, 2020 Cabin Fever Conversation, we were joined with Ana Heck from MSU's Department of Entomology.

  • Jackie Albert

    Research Technician Jackie Albert, working with MSU researcher Rufus Isaacs, is studying the best ways to develop pollinator habitats at MSU’s Clarksville Research Center.

  • Healing Powers of Honey Bees: Small Organisms, Epic Possibilities

    Published on February 4, 2021

    Educator Adam Ingrao describes how honey bees help people view the natural world in a new and healing way.

  • Bumble bees of the Great Lakes with David Lowenstein

    Learn more about bumble bee species in Michigan, why some are in decline, and how to help their populations in the following 1 hour webinar.

  • Wild Spartans: All About Honey Bees with with Ana Heck

    Published on February 9, 2021

    In this episode, we talk to an entomologist researching the pollinators of our world. Meet MSU apiculture researcher, Ana Heck, learn about her field work, and the education and career path she followed to get there as she discusses “All About Honey Bees: Working with a Superorganism” as we discover what the buzz really is about bees!

  • Native Bees for Pollination

    Published on August 17, 2016

    Exploring the possibilities and techniques for keeping solitary cavity-nesting bees.