As part of the National training for 4-H Ag Innovator’s Experience Native Bee Challenge, Iowa State Department of Entomology helped host a group high school students from Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and other midwestern states. PhD candidate Ashley St. Clair and extension entomologist Randall Cass presented the findings from their native bee research and provided the students with a variety of native bees to observe under microscopes. Students also "hatched" live mason bees from cocoons provided by Crown Bees.
In 2018, Iowa State University won the bid with Bayer Crop Science to create the Native Bee Challenge curriculum in partnership with the National 4-H Council and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Contributors to the curriculum include Lynne Cambell, Dr. Richard Hellmich, Keith Bidne, Randall Cass, and Ashley St. Clair.
Check out the website for more information about the 4-H Ag Innovators program.