Enhancing Pollinator Health & Habitat
Beeville Main Street hosted the Bee Jamboree on June 24, 2017 at the Coastal Bend College’s Pollinator Conservation Garden and Walking Trail with the Bee County Chamber of Commerce and Coastal Bend College-Bee Campus. This outdoor event showcased Farmers’ Market and Hand-Crafted Goods, Beekeeping Presentation by local beekeeper, Nick Ottensman and a “Busy Bee” walking trail where visitors could learn facts about pollinators while walking along the beautiful 1.5-mile trail planting wildflower seed balls. Visitors could also visit the Coastal Bend College’s new Pollinator Preservation Garden, enjoy family activities and games, cooking demonstration, the Beeville Garden Club recruited new members and answered questions about gardening, free wildflower seeds and literature was provided, and visitors could learn about Coastal Bend College Foundation’s Bee Art Sculpture Fundraiser.
Additionally, Beeville Main Street planted over 800 pollinator friendly plants in the 26 garden islands downtown for Spring 2017.
Policies & Practices
Beeville Main Street program acts as the Bee City USA committee. Information on events and preservation steps are shared with Beeville Main Street Advisory Board for input, support, and volunteerism. Beeville’s goal is to improve the natural environment and grow the rural economy by working together to ensure pollinator’s needs are addressed and to educate and encourage the public to take action on pollinator preservation. We collaborate with community organizations to educate and encourage the community to establish new habitats through local events such as Bee Jamboree.
Education & Outreach
Our vision is to see pollinators thrive, through pollinator health comes the benefits for plant life, crops, food production and a better natural environment for all. Beeville Main Street creates opportunities such as community gardening to support pollinator preservation through volunteer opportunities.
Beeville Main Street collaborated with Coastal Bend College and Bee County Chamber of Commerce to host an event during National Pollinator Week to provide an opportunity for the community to learn, grow, and share their knowledge about pollinators. Bee Jamboree raises awareness of what pollinators need to survive and thrive and share scientific evidence about the need of preserving and/or creating pollinator gardens.
Beeville Main Street attended Beeville Art Museum’s Bee Fest in October 2017 to provide information about the necessity of pollinators and what Beeville Main Street is doing for pollinator conservation.