5251 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1 CA

Start date: Saturday, June 24 2023.


 On Saturday, June 24, 2023, from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

 VanDusen Guides Classroom

Resource person: learn@vandusen.org

Location: VanDusen Guides Classroom | 5151 Oak St, Vancouver, BC, V6M 4H1


Do you know that bumblebees are crucial pollinators, responsible for making our blueberry pies richer and fruit salads juicier? Join Jennifer Lipka for a fascinating journey into the secret lives of these fuzzy friends. 

During this session, you will learn about the important role that bumblebees play in our ecosystem, as well as their enchanting behaviours and physical characteristics. You will also take a leisurely walk through the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Garden, where you will have the opportunity to catch, identify, and release bumblebees using ethical practices followed by the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas. 

But that's not all! You'll also discover how to support bumblebees in your neighbourhood and contribute to citizen science. Bring your phone and Jennifer will show you how to upload bees' information to iNaturalist, a popular citizen science app. By the end of this session, you will have expanded your awareness of the abundance and diversity of bees at VanDusen and gained valuable knowledge that you can apply in your daily life. 

Please note that the class is weather-dependent, and if there are extreme heat or rain conditions, the session will be cancelled, and a full refund will be issued to the credit card used for registration. 

Online pre-registration is required.

Instructor’s Bio:  

Jennifer Lipka is a Ph.D. Student at the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC with years of practical experience studying bumble bees in agriculture environments. She's interested in researching the relationships between plants and pollinators and how they are affected by environmental pollution, climate, and land use change. She volunteers with the Native Bee Society of BC. 

Photo by Carolien van Oijen on Unsplash.


Available: Full

Price: $36.00 Taxes not included

Notes: Please note that registration will close at 4:00 p.m. PT, one business day before the event. Cancellation policy: No refunds will be given for education courses. A credit will be applied to your account for cancellations with one week's notice. With less than a week's notice, no credit will be given. No new credit will be issued if the cancelled course was purchased using prior credit. Program cancellation by the VBGA due to Public Health Restrictions will result in education program credit equivalent to the value lost. Credits must be used within one year from the date issued. Please notify us of your cancellation in writing to learn@vandusen.org

Prerequisites: Educational programs are available for both members and non-members. In order to register for a class, you first need to open an account with Amilia, our online registration portal. Note that your membership account does NOT give you this access. You must open a separate account in Amilia. Follow this link to create your account: https://www.amilia.com/en/Signup Please save your Amilia account username & password for registration in future classes.

More information: Instructor: Jennifer Lipka

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