All about Bees

Learn about how pollination and how bees help the environment 

A world without Bees?

Find out why bees are now endangered and what we might do to protect them. image of modern tiny home

Ideate and Create

Create a model Pollinator Pathway that spans NYC to support the bees.

Presented by:

Susie Klein, 

artist, organic landscape designer

J. Barnet Toad

The Background: Bees, plants, pollen and the problem

Your Challenge: Designing a Pollinator Pathway across a city

Get course materials

Connectors Set.Jumbo

Need Characters?

Adorn your design and bring it to life with plants and city critters. Drag image onto your desktop, print, color and cut out. The 3-way connectors make a perfect stand. Just back the paper with a wedge of corrugated to secure the paper. 

How to submit


1. Send photos of project plus any sketches, brainstorming ideas, work in progress. Even "mess-ups" are great for sharing! 

2. Include written description or drawings if available

3. Video presentation with link to youtube or vimeo 

 * any photo/video with child needs signed release (drag onto desktop, fill out and return photo of signed document) 

5. Share your post on Facebook and/or instagram with tags @3duxdesign , @billionboxproject , @3duxuniversity 


Inspiration - An Urban Oasis

When given a new project, cofounders of J. Barney Toad, Susie and Kathy use their imagination (and a pencil) to ideate possibilities for the space.

They then design a solution based on their understanding of how people, animals and nature might interact in a space. 

They then create an environment that all can enjoy, using natural materials to soften this urban space and support pollinators like bees, birds and butterflies.  

Featured results

This 3rd grade class from Renton, Washington went above and bee-yond with their pollinator pathway. They designed this pathway with all the things bees need to survive. They created a city using recycled cardboard, blocks and 3Dux Connectors and then used magazine cutouts to add native flowering plants for food (the marbles are the pollen). The bees seem to be quite happy frolicking in nature with the birds and all the fresh water (the carpet) they need. These students even created a playground to help set the scene for a real life setting. If you think these bees are just sitting around enjoying nature, think again. They are actually robots and were programed by the students to act out the role they would play in a real city. 

Coming soon!