Kids get busy building for bees in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. – Dozens of kids became busy bees at the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, crafting homes for native pollinators.

The Missouri Department of Conservation hosted the workshop to teach the public about ideal habitats for solitary bees.

Unlike honey bees, this insect dwells in stems, trees or in the ground.

Using materials to simulate that environment, kids built a habitat they could take home.

Protecting pollinators is important to these young conservationists.

“I wanted to help save the bees that are disappearing because if we didn’t have them, it would be hard for us to live here,” said Ella Bolt, a young workshop participant.

There are over 16,000 known bee species.