Master Pollinator Steward Program

Bee on flower


Pollinators such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and insects play a crucial role in the production of most fruits and vegetables. They also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils and support wildlife. Studies show that pollinator populations are in decline because of a loss of feeding and nesting habitats, pollution and the misuse of pesticides. In this 6-week course, learn how to protect our agricultural economy and food supply with the Master Pollinator Steward program.

Session topics include an insect overview, plant-pollinator relationships, honey bees, native bees and other pollinators, and pollinators in nature and agriculture. This course qualifies as Advanced Training for Extension Master Gardeners and Missouri Master Naturalists.

Where: Lecture presentations are via Zoom with other sites in Missouri, field trips/lab sessions are local and in-person. If more than one person from a site is registered, I would encourage you to meet at your county MU Extension center to participate in the classes. We will meet in the basement meeting room of the Extension office in Kirksville for anyone wanting to watch the classes with others, and have discussion afterwards.

Course overview:

April 6 - Insects overview

April 13 - Plant-pollinator interactions

April 20 - Honey bees

April 27 - Native bees and other pollinators

May 4 - Pollinators in nature and agriculture, part 1

May 11 - Pollinators in nature and agriculture, part 2

Audience: Beekeepers, folks considering beekeeping, folks who want to help bees without keeping bees

Facilitator: Tamra Reall (


Missouri: Adair and surrounding counties with specialist Jennifer Schutter,

Missouri: Boone and Cole counties with specialist Dhruba Dhakal,

Missouri: Johnson County with specialist Kathi Mecham,

Missouri: Kansas City area: Clay, Jackson, Platte counties with specialist Tamra Reall,

Not from Missouri or your county isn’t listed? Register here:

State: Missouri
Course Standards: 1.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 | 1.5 | 1.10 | 1.11 | 3.6 | 3.14

Course Date: 
Thursdays: April 6th, April 13th, April 20th, April 27th, May 4th, May 11th

Course Time: 
10 A.M. - 12 P.M.

Course Location: 
Online via zoom with in-person field sessions. See the links in the description for a location near you.

Course Cost: