Anyone interested in nature, gardening, beekeeping or agronomy will learn how to create a better environment.

Master Pollinator Steward classes offered by      University of Missouri Extension begin      mid-March in Eldon

Pollinators play a crucial role in the production of fruits, vegetables, honey and field crops, said MU Extension Horticulture specialist James Quinn. Declining populations of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and insects led MU Extension to develop a curriculum to help the public learn about pollinators and how to increase their presence, he said.

Anyone interested in nature, gardening, beekeeping or agronomy will learn how to create a better environment where pollinators can thrive, Patricia Barrett, Miller County MU Extension specialist said, adding that Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists will find the class of particular interest.

Topics are insects; plant-pollinator relationships; native pollinators; honeybee variants and their habitats; the three P’s of honeybees—pests, products and pollination; and conserving, creating and managing pollinator habitat.

Presenters include James Quinn, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist; Anastasia Becker, Missouri Department of Agriculture- retired; David Trinklein, Associate Professor of Horticulture, MU Extension, and Travis Harper, MU Extension Agronomist and beekeeper.

Classes are 9 a.m. to noon each Friday from Mach 22 through April 26th. Classroom sessions will be at the Central Bank in Eldon, 611 East North Street, Eldon, MO 65026. There will be field trips, including a visit to a local beekeeper. Classes will be held rain or shine.

Cost for the six classes is $90. To register, contact the MU Extension Center in Miller County at millerco@missouri.edu or 573-369-2394 or online at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/master-pollinator-steward-program-1.

Sponsors are MU Extension in Miller County, Lake Area Master Gardeners, Ozark Prairie Master Gardners, and Lake of the Ozarks Master Naturalists.

For more information about the MU Extension Master Pollinator Steward program, go to extension.missouri.edu/pollinator (opens in new window).

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