Pollinators such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and insects play a crucial role in the production of most fruits and vegetables. They also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils and support wildlife. Studies show that pollinator populations are in decline because of a loss of feeding and nesting habitats, pollution and the misuse of pesticides.

The class will cover insects, plant/pollinator relationships, honey bees, native pollinators and pollinators in nature and agriculture.

The class will be held Monday, July 29 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Jackson County Extension, Blue Springs Office, 1600 NE Coronado Drive, Blue Springs, MO. The class is $30. Registration by July 19 includes lunch and handouts. Walk-ins are welcome. To register, call MU Extension, Jackson County, at 816-252-5051.  For more information, visit MU Extension-Jackson County or contact reallt@missouri.edu.