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How To Make A Bee Waterer

While bees are busy pollinating our flowers we often forget they need to stay hydrated. A great way to ensure the bees working in your garden stay hydrated is to create a bee waterer.

What you need:

  • Pie tin
  • Marbles
  • Water

Put the marbles and water in the tin and voila you have a safe space for your bees drink.

Seed Paper Workshop

Are you looking for a creative way to recycle paper? Then the seed paper making workshop is for you. Seed paper is a great gift idea or activity to do with friends and family. During this workshop you will learn how to re-purpose paper in a brand new and sustainable way. The waste paper you have accumulated will be used to create new paper with embedded seeds. The possibilities are endless: you can create bookmarks, cards, posters, notepads and much more. Once you are finished with your creation, go ahead and plant it and watch it grow!

Join us March 16th at 6:30 in room D1020 at the Douglas College Coquitlam Campus  1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7X3

Winding Down for the Summer

Hello everyone,

It’s that time of year again; UNIBUG is transitioning from our busy, active summer to a busy, active fall. For a few weeks, we’ll be pretty quiet with someone in the office only sporadically. Call or e-mail ahead if you need to get in contact. We really appreciate your patience; we’ll be back in September to tell you more about native and local pollinators, beneficial insects, and the joys of gardens.


In the meantime, volunteers, make sure you update your UNIBUG data on the Volunteer page! If you prefer to keep data by hand, please send us an e-mail and we’ll set up a pick-up.

What’s coming in the next few months? Look forward to more workshops at both the Sol Garden (Coquitlam campus) and the New West campus of Douglas College. If you have a natural lawn and want to let your neighbours and passers-by know what all those asters and dandelions are doing (or maybe you’re dreaming of it), keep an eye out for our Pollinator Friendly Lawn Sign workshop. Others we’re keen to do:

  • Water in the garden
  • Pollinator monitoring
  • Pollinator talk
  • Bee house making
  • Bee house winterizing
  • Biological control talk
  • Seed paper making

We’re also looking forward to the annual UNIBUG Forum in late winter/early spring of 2017. Everyone is welcome, so keep an eye here and tell all your friends, family, neighbours, and random strangers on the street too! The Forum is a free family-friendly event with food, activities, and talk on topics related to UNIBUG and urban ecology. We always have a good time and strive to make sure you do, too.


To finish up, we’ll remind to you Like us on Facebook (we’re always adding little posts and articles there, so it’s a great place to say hello and see what we’re up to).

Happy summer everyone!

Join us tomorrow at the Sol Garden for a Free Workshop!

Hello UNIBUG volunteers and fans (or whatever else you want to call yourself today). We’re back, and our new website will be getting a lot more care and attention than the old!

We’ve moved hosts, so some minor bugs persist – expect things to be changed and tweaked around for a bit. We’ll get it where we want it eventually. In the meantime, check back often and see how it goes. Comments, suggestions or anything else are welcome. Send us an e-mail or get us on Facebook.

To start us up, we’d like to put out that there are still spaces open for tomorrow’s free Compost Workshop! Details and RSVP can be found here. We’ve got plenty of space and our lead is a veritable compost guru who also works with Stanley Park Ecology. Don’t miss out! We hope to see you there, at at more of our upcoming talks, events, and programs. Keep buzzing along.


Cheers – the whole UNIBUG team



More Workshops at the Sol Garden!

Hello everyone! We’re very happy to announce two workshops coming up in the beginning of December. Do you need a creative gift for friends or family? Do you want to learn about food preservation or how to make a creative card or gift tag that won’t end up in the recycling bin? These workshops are perfect for you.

Please RSVP if you’d like to attend either workshop – spaces are capped at 20 people per workshop. We’ll reply by e-mail to confirm your place. You can contact us by the regular means (iue @, or phone and leave us a message).

Both workshops will be held at the David Lam Campus of Douglas College in Coquitlam.

December 3rd, 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Making Sauerkraut

December 10th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM: Making Seed Paper

Where: Both in Room B2050

We need some information to register you for the workshops. Please email with…
Number of People Attending:

Name(s) of Attendees:

E-mail and/or Phone Number:

* For the December 3rd workshop, you will need to bring an empty, clean mason jar and lid for each person attending.

* For the December 10th workshop, we recommend bringing a bag to carry home your slightly damp seed paper.

Not sure where to go? The Coquitlam Campus Map will help you find the room!
Please note: Parking on and near campus is pay parking. Please plan appropriately!