How to participate
Plant your own BEE-SAFE sanctuary, get it certified and pinned in a national sanctuaries map.
Any size planting area will be certified as long as few requirements are met:
Follow these 6 steps:
- Register With NY Bee Sanctuary below. Choose your participation status: PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
- Plant Your Own Bee Sanctuary and/or certify your grounds or lawn as BEE-SAFE; follow the criteria required.
- Submit Your Annual Survey Photos
- Post to Your Social Media Accounts & Use the #Hashtags #BEESAFECERTIFIED #NYBEESANCTUARYCERTIFIED
- Receive resources and materials to support your sanctuary and your stamp of certification. Your sanctuary will be include in the map.
- Watch your Sanctuary grow. WATER OFTEN!
+ Use of flowers and flowering plants beneficial to pollinators over a substantial portion of your garden or grounds.
+ No pesticide, herbicide (such as Roundup), or fungicide treatments. Make sure flowers and plants are not pre-treated with pesticides or other chemicals. Practice IPM (Integrated Pest Management.
+ Use of native plants over a substantial portion of your sanctuary.
+ No synthetic fertilizers.
+ No genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
+ Make your entire grounds or lawn safe for honey bees and other insects and organisms.
+ Book a student planting or workshop day
+ Book a class on honey bees and pollinators
+ Organize a parents visiting day
+ Honey bee hives
+ Bumblebee houses; Solitary bee houses.
+ Recommended minimum size of 100 square feet (But if all you have is a small garden go for it!)
+ Monthly photo of pollinators and flowers posted to NYBS social media (during active seasons).
+ Keep a class garden journal to record plant, animal, and insect activity.
+ Natural composting.
+ Milkweed planting / monarch butterfly station.
+ Honey Bee hives.
+ Permaculture design.
+ Herbs, fruits, and vegetables.
+ Compost station.
+ Native birdhouses. Natural lawn / prairie.
+ Water station for pollinator
+ Purchase a HUI to monitor your sanctuary