Dakota County Parks

Lake Byllesby Regional Park - 6.24 - 7.29: Bumblebee Survey Volunteer

General Description

Pollinators play an important role in our ecosystems. They are vital because they provide many ecosystem services like pollinating native plants and food crops. There are 23 native bumble bee species in Minnesota. However, some species are in decline due to the destruction of native habitat, which is necessary for foraging and nesting. In order to conserve bumble bees and the habitat they depend on, we need to learn more about our local bees!


The Minnesota Bumblebee Survey has worked to document long-term trends in bumble bee populations and monitor declining species in the Twin Cities Area. Volunteers are always needed to help with this research! This summer at Lake Byllesby Regional Park you’ll learn from bumblebee researchers how to capture bees while they forage on flowers. These bees are then identified by the experts, marked, and released. This is a safe and fun activity for everyone over 5 years old. This data will help us to conserve bumblebees and the habitat they depend on.



Lake Byllesby Regional Park - Campground 

7650 Echo Point Road

Cannon Falls, MN 55009



Wednesday, June 24

10:00 – 11:30 AM


Thursday, July 9

10:00 – 11:30 AM


Wednesday, July 29

1:00 - 2:30 PM


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Help catch and collect information about our local bumblebee populations


Minimum Qualifications

  • Ages 5 and up are welcomed with an adult present
  • If you are allergic to bees or insect bites, please sit this one out
  • Must be comfortable with working in an outside environment  
  • If you would like to volunteer as a group (families not included), please contact our Volunteer Coordinator before registering. 


Minimum Time Commitment

1.5 - 2 hours


Activity Level

Moderate - To fully participate may require leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces.  There may be a limited number of steps, a minimal amount of uneven surfaces, and some standing for extended periods of time. Comfortable shoes recommended.


Contact Information

Garrett Zaffke | Community Relations and Volunteer Services Coordinator

Dakota County Communications

1590 Highway 55| Hastings, MN 55033

Direct: (651) 438-4635 | Fax: (651) 438-4405 | Email: garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us



Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule

Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 10:00 AM 11:30 AM
Thursday, July 09, 2020 10:00 AM 11:30 AM
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 1:00 PM 2:30 PM