On April 22nd 2017, Base Camp was buzzing with volunteers for Earth
Day. A day full of activity and learning. With the help of our
volunteers, Base Camp did its part to raise awareness for our native
pollinator habitats here in Minnesota. A lot was accomplished and there
is still more that we can all do every day to give back to our Earth!
How we gave back here at Base Camp
Program Director David Donovan led an educational "Leave No Trace" hike where we cleaned up the surrounding area.
Everyone pitched in to plant native seeds and construct an outdoor garden.
We also built "Bee's Camp!" this structure provides shelter to the hard working pollinators that keep nature going.
As a bonus, the youth who donated their time got to climb the rock
wall, and take home some seeds to help the habitat at their homes!
We Had A Special Guest!
Joining Base Camp was Bee Kind MN, a local non-profit founded by Boy
Scout Nikolas Liepins of Troop 9045, and his classmates. Their
organization provides education about pollinators and gives tips on
what we can all do to help out! Check out their website at
Even if you couldn't attend here are some ways that you can help "Bee Kind" to our planet!
Plant a Pollinator Garden
By planting native seeds that are pollinator friendly, you can help
maintain the habitat that allows bees and other insects to flourish and
do their job. Learn more about native plants at www.beelab.umn.edu
Stop Using Pesticides
Bees are suffering a rapid decline in their populations due to
pesticide use, urban food deserts, and the lack of safe housing. This
decline is leading to a decline in plant pollination. Without bees we
cannot have the following food items, and more:
- Much More
Build a Bee House
Bee Kind provides detailed instructions on building a Bee House, just like our "Bee's Camp", at beekindmn.org/build-your-own
These houses provide shelter for the pollinators and a safe place to lay their eggs.