Good news, they did accept and I'm super psyched to get started on my project right away! Expect a post soon on the materials I will be gathering to make these nests.
Below the cut is a copy of our email interaction:
I picked up your newsletter at the library a few weeks ago and I was glad to see a section on pollinators. I don't know who to exactly reach out in the Newton community but after finding out about you guys I was wondering if you can help out.
Throughout next month I am going to build native bee nests (those that attract tunnel nesting bees such as mason bees and leafcutter bees) and I need places to put them up. I was wondering if there are any areas like parks or gardens in Newton that I can put them up and regularly check on.
Your project sounds so interesting and we would like to help if we can. With your approval, Green Decade can include the following listing in our April e-bulletin that is sent to around 800 subscribers. To inquire about installing the nests in public parks, you would need to seek the approval from the City’s Parks and Recreation Dept. Please let me know by Monday afternoon if you want us to include this listing, since the e-bulletin is scheduled to be sent early Tuesday.
Interested in hosting a native bee nest in your garden?
A Newton North Student is conducting a school research project on native bees in urban/suburban areas. In April, she is building native bee nests - those that attract tunnel nesting bees such as mason bees and leafcutter bees. If you would like a nest set up in your garden, so that the student may regularly check on it, please contact email@example.com .
I would love for you guys to include the listing! However I am still in the process of gathering materials to build the nests. Because of that I can probably only can install a few (say 3-5) for now. I will definitely get to catching up on that as soon as possible.
Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity! It means a lot to me that you guys are reaching out.