Bee Campus USA

Fee Glade Legacy Wall

Bee Campus USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Ore. Its mission is to galvanize communities and campuses to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitats rich in a variety of native plants and free of pesticides. Berea College was officially certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program in 2019. For more information, visit the Bee Campus USA website.

Student in a pollinator habitat

Bee Campus USA Committee

Bee on a flower

Chair

Members

  • John Abrams, Naturalist/Research Technician
  • Rosemarie Adams, Landscape Specialist
  • Nancy Gift, Compton Chair of Sustainability; Associate Professor of Environmental Studies; Chair of Academic Division II
  • Eric Harshman, Grounds Superintendent
  • Rachel E. Hidding, Student
  • Kenny Holbrook, BereaCorps LEAN Horticulture Program Associate
  • Maddy Richmond, Student
  • Laurie Roelofs, First Lady
  • Andreea Teban, SI/LADO Program Associate
  • Wendy Warren, Forestry Outreach Center Coordinator

Bee Campus USA Committee meetings occur every third Monday of the month at 1 p.m.; Meetings are currently held virtually.

Child Development Lab (CDL)

  • Bee Balm
  • Common Milkweed
  • Goldenrod
  • Joe-Pye-Weed
  • Lemon Balm
  • Mountain Mint
  • New England Aster
  • Rudbeckia
  • Shasta Daisy

Front of the President’s House

  • Bee Balm
  • Joe-Pye-Weed
  • Larkspur
  • Purple Cone Flower
  • Rudbeckia
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Veronica

Back of the President’s House

  • Cat Mint
  • Columbine
  • Common Milkweed
  • Perennial Sage
  • Rudbeckia
  • Sedum (Autumn Joy)
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Yellow Primrose

Butterfly Garden

  • Bee Balm
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Cat Mint
  • Columbine Larkspur
  • Common Milkweed
  • Joe-Pye-Weed
  • Litris (Blazing Star)
  • New England Aster
  • Penrnsetum
  • Rudbeckia
  • Sedum (Autumn Joy)
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Yellow Primrose

Alumni Fields Garden

  • Bee Balm
  • Calico Aster
  • Common Milkweed
  • Goldenrod
  • Iron Weed
  • New England Aster
  • Rudbeckia

Highway 595 College Farm Land

  • Bee Balm
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Calico Aster
  • Common Milkweed
  • Crown Vetch
  • Fleabane
  • Goldenrod
  • Iron Weed
  • Jewelweed
  • Joe-Pye-Weed
  • Mallow
  • Mist Flower
  • New England Aster
  • Perennial Sunflower
  • Primrose
  • Purple Cone Flower
  • Queens Lace
  • Rudbeckia
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Virgins Bower (Wild Clematis)
  • Wild Columbine
  • Yarrow

Marketing and Communications

  • Bee Balm
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Coreopsis Baptesia
  • Mountain Mint
  • Perennial Salvia
  • Purple Cone Flower
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Rudbeckia
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Yellow Primrose

bell hooks Garden

  • Bee Balm
  • Common Milkweed
  • Rudbeckia

Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

  • Crabapple
  • Crocus
  • Japanese Lilac Bult
  • Redbud
  • Yellow Wood

Forestry Outreach Center

  • Aromatic Aster
  • Blazing Star
  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Common Milkweed
  • Flat-topped Aster
  • Hairy Foxglove
  • Mountain Mint
  • Orange Coneflower
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Spotted Beebalm
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Thin-leaved Mountain Mint
  • Whorled Milkweed

Polyester Bees (Colletidae)

  • Modest Masked Bee (Hylaeus modestus)

Sweat Bees (Halictidae)

  • Pure Green Sweat Bee (Augochlora pura)
  • Agapostemon sp.
  • Metallic Epauletted-sweat Bee (Augochloropsis metallica)
  • Dark-winged Sweat Bee (Lasioglossum fuscipenne)
  • Lasioglossum sp.
  • Dialictus sp.
  • Sphecodes sp.
  • Ligated Furrow Bee (Halictus ligatus)

Leafcutter and Mason Bees (Megachilidae)

  • Taurus Mason Bee (Osmia Taurus)
  • Hostile Leaf-cutter Bee (Megachile inimica)

Bumble, Carpenter, Honey and Other Bees (Apidae)

  • Common Eastern Bumble Bee (Bombus impatiens)
  • Brown-belted Bumble Bee (Bombus griseocollis)
  • Western Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera)
  • Eastern Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa virginica)
  • Two-spotted Bumble Bee (Bombus bimaculatus)
  • American Bumble Bee (Bombus pensylvanicus)
  • Two-spotted Long-horned Bee (Melissodes bimaculatus)
  • Zadontomerus sp.
  • Nomada sp.
  • Melitoma taurea
  • Eumelissodes sp.

Berea College uses “No Spray” practices on our main campus, which means that our Grounds Management Team does not use pesticides or herbicides to kill insects or plants. Many of these lawn care products contain toxic chemicals that can be absorbed by the skin, ingested, or inhaled. Such exposure has been linked to allergic reactions, cancer and birth defects. Therefore, we allow all native plants to grow, while maintaining a tidy landscape.

However, the Grounds Management Team does make an effort to remove non-native plants, as they can have detrimental effects on local ecosystems beyond their potential benefits to pollinators. Bush honeysuckle is one such non-native, “invasive” plant. Even though it blooms and provides nectar to insects and birds, it also chokes out native plants by growing more quickly. Find out more about non-native and invasive plants in your area by going to the National Invasive Species Information Center.