Great Sunflower Project 2021

Great Sunflower Project



What is the Great Sunflower Project?

This is a citizen science activity that you can participate in with your children. If you can grow a sunflower (or selected other flowers), you can join the project with just a few minutes invested later this summer.

Is the Great Sunflower Project difficult?

The basic idea for this activity is to sit quietly and observe any bees that visit your sunflower. This is a perfect summer nature study project for families with children of all ages.

What is the time commitment?

Participants are asked to make three observations of at least 5 minutes each. That’s it! Of course, you can participate more than that if your kids enjoy counting bees.

Sunflower Renees Garden

Why should we count bees?

The decline in bees affects everyone! This project helps collect data for scientists to use to track the bee population. If you would like to read more, click over to the website: Great Sunflower Project.

Are you interested in more information?

Here’s a video on YouTube: Great Sunflower Project.

lemon queen sunflowers great sunflower project

I just planted my sunflower seeds for my summer garden. I purchased my Lemon Queen sunflowers from Renee’s Garden. Lemon Queen is the variety of flower preferred by the Great Sunflower Project. These are beautiful yellow sunflowers with lots of pollen.


If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in a comment or in an email.

Combine your sunflower nature study with this citizen science project. There are several great nature study ideas on the website under the garden tab.


  1. Leslie Druschel says:

    I had never heard of this project, but it will be great for my new house. I ordered the seeds immediately! I also viewed another YouTube video by Waitrose entitled How to Encourage Bees into Your Garden. Lots of plants and info.

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