In May 2019, Kenyon became the 67th educational institution in the nation and the second in Ohio to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program. The program is designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. Kenyon joins more than a hundred other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.
As part of its involvement in the Bee Campus USA program, Kenyon has developed and implemented a plan to maintain a pollinator-friendly campus habitat. By committing to its campus pollinator habitat plan, Kenyon seeks to increase the presence of native Ohio wildflowers on campus, adopt natural pest management strategies, and increase awareness about pollinators, native pollinator-friendly plants, and their habitats. The College will track progress and ensure accountability by submitting a public report to the Bee Campus USA network annually. View the Kenyon pollinator habitat plan.
For more information about four simple ways to help pollinators, visit xerces.org/bringbackthepollinators.
Bee Campus USA and Bee City USA are initiatives of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon. Their mission is to galvanize communities and campuses to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free of pesticides.