Hive Helpers

Hive Helpers at a Glance

Hive Helpers is an organization started by high schoolers that is dedicated to protecting native bee populations and promoting ecological awareness. By collaborating with the local community and our school we are working to create a more sustainable future.

Photograph by: Anand Varma, Nat Geo Image Collection

From Lincoln Public

Schools Sustainability Initiative

Our Endeavors

Pollinator Node

Our organization received a grant from the Nebraska Wildlife Federation to build a pollinator node right on our school grounds. This garden contains primarily native Nebraska plants that support local pollinator populations.

Photo by Mr. Bittle.

Planter Box

These boxes are located right outside of our Family and Consumer Sciences. As a result, our culinary classes will have access to fresh vegetables and herbs. The plants in these boxes are also beneficial to many pollinating species.

Project Updates

Planter Boxes

We just recently cleaned up a greenhouse that was being \ unused at our school. The plants growing in this greenhouse will be transferred to the planter boxes once summer gets closer.

Pollinator Garden!

We have completed the site preparation and the planting. CLICK on the image to the left to see our full page on the Pollinator Garden here at LSW.

Art by: Olga Nefedova - iStock

Why the Bees?

Bees and other pollinators are crucial to the well-being of our earth. Here in Nebraska, native bee populations are often the unsung heroes of pollination. Native bees are estimated to pollinate 80 percent of flowering plants around the world. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), bees of all sorts pollinate approximately 75 percent of the fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the United States, and one out of every four bites of food people take is courtesy of bee pollination. However, these greatly important bee populations are under threat. Various bee species (including honey bees, bumble bees, orchard bees, and wild bees) suffer from exposure to parasites and pesticides, and loss of floral abundance and diversity due to increased land-use. In addition, habitat destruction limits nesting sites for wild pollinators.

U.S. Geological Survey -- Why are the Bees Important?

Penn State - Center for Pollinator Research

Get Involved

Help fund our Goal

By making a donation or purchasing one of our craft items you are supporting a great cause. Email us for more information!

You may also make a direct donation to our organization. Checks should be written to Lincoln Southwest High School with "Hive Helpers" written in the memo section of the check. All donations go directly to funding our goals of expanding pollinator nodes, ecological awareness, and future community events.

Join Hive Helpers

We meet every other Wednesday after school in A105. It's super easy to get involved!

Volunteer your time

We have lots of volunteer opportunities. You don't have to be a regular member to participate. Check our instagram (linked below) for upcoming events or ask a Hive Helper member.

Contact Information

7001 S. 14th Street, Lincoln, NE

thebumblebees18@gmail.com

https://www.instagram.com/lswhivehelpers/

LSW Staff Sponsor: Mr. Bittle cbittle@lps.org

Photograph by: Jeff Mitton