In the U.S., pollination produces nearly $20 billion worth of products annually.Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge
National Pollinator Week is an annual celebration of all the insects, birds, and mammals that provide invaluable ecosystems services. As Learning Gardeners, we know first-hand the importance of pollinators in forming tantalizing tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and bountiful beans.
Unfortunately, due to increased urban development and unsafe pesticide practices, pollinator populations – from bats to bees – are on the decline. Below are some activities where you and your children can learn more about the importance of these critters, and even help build a more pollinator-friendly environment at home!
Activities For Children and Families
The Pollinator Partnership website has plenty of resources including instructions on how to build a bee condo, a pollinator puzzle, and pollination facts for gardeners.
Learn more about pollinated foods and how to identify them in your garden or kitchen with our Pollinated Foods and You activity.