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Butterfly: Baltimore Checkerspot


Bee: Bombus ternarius

Pollination Association

UMass Chan Medical School is now a certified Bee Campus through the Bee Campus USA initiative of the Xerces Society.

The program seeks to create and enhance pollinator habitats on campuses around the country by increasing the abundance of native plants and providing nest sites.

A group of students, faculty and staff launched this initiative and named their group the Pollination Association, because while bees are essential, there are many other important pollinators that need more habitat.

Achieving certified pollinator status is an action item in the “Grounds Management” section of UMass Chan’s Sustainability and Climate Action plan. The goal is to increase biodiversity and community access to the green spaces on campus.

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To join the Pollination Association please email us at

We meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month 2-3 p.m. on Zoom

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Project Timeline

Summer-Fall 2023

  • Gather information about pollinator gardens and native plants through tours
    of local pollinator habitat, and native plant gardens, speaking with experts, and online information.

  • Tour potential pollinator garden pilot locations on UMass Chan main campus.

  • Create plant list and solicit plants for pilot garden(s).

Winter 2023/2024

  • Continue planning for pilot pollinator garden(s) including developing signage.

  • Draft integrated pest management plan in consultation with facilities team.

  • Continue to provide educational seminars on native plants and native pollinators and their benefits to health and well-being.

Spring 2024

  • Plant pilot pollinator garden.

  • Request approval from the Chancellor to pursue Bee Campus USA certification.

Fall 2024-Spring 2025

  • Plan and implement a larger pollinator garden based on the results of the pilot.