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Join Us for a FREE Hands-on Workshop

Saturday, July 20, 2019
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

MSU Extension - Delta County Conference Room
2840 College Ave., Escanaba, MI  49829

Join entomologist, Dr. Duke Elsner, to learn more about how to garden to help Monarch butterflies. Join entomologist Dr. Nathaniel Walton, to learn how to identify and monitor our native, solitary squash bees which specialize in pollinating squash flowers. This training will give you an opportunity to interact with entomologists in the classroom and garden setting. You will acquire bee identification skills and get answers to questions about filling out the monitoring survey. 

We will spend the first half of the training indoors and then head out to the field to try our new skills at identifying squash bees. We will also practice using the survey collection form and app while in the field. Be sure to dress accordingly. 

This Citizen Science project will provide information used to educate organic vegetable gardeners and commercial growers increase productivity of cucurbit crops.

The afternoon portion of the program, Healthy Hives, will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the Escanaba Community Garden, corner of S. Lincoln Rd. and 23rd Ave. S., Escanaba, MI  49829. Join MSU Extension Agricultural Entomologist and Veteran's Liason, Adam Inagro, to learn proper hive handling, hive inspections, and varroa mite checks.


Register for a.m. or p.m. program or both online by July 18, 2019

FREE to the public. Extension Master Gardeners are highly encouraged to participate. All participants must register online in advance.  

Education Hours: This full program qualifies for 7 hours of MSU Extension Master Gardener Program education credit. These hours should be reported in the VMS by selecting the project "2019 Squash Bee EMG Citizen Science Project."

2019Squash Bee Citizen Science Project Workshop - Escanaba

Registration for 2019 Squash Bee Pollinator Citizen Science Project Workshop - Escanaba is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on July 18, 2019.

There are 33 openings available.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information on the Monarch/Squash Bee program, contact Rebecca Krans at or for more information on the Creating Healthy Hives afternoon program, contact Adam Ingrao at