Bees, Butterflies Highlight Family Pollinator Day
Greenbelt Hosts Kid-Friendly Activities/Education for Gardeners
Essex, May 8, 2018 — Celebrate and learn about honeybees, butterflies and the other pollinators so important to our flowers and food supply with Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust, on May 19, Family Pollinator Day.
There is much to learn about these hard-working pollinators. With kid-friendly activities and a lecture for adult gardeners, attendees will learn about the many fruits, vegetables, and nuts, including chocolate and coffee pollinators help bring us.
Children will delight in being given a butterfly to release, tasting honey direct from the hive, watching honeybees work through see-through glass, and taking part in a pollinator scavenger hunt.
Adults can learn how to reduce or eliminate pesticide use and create a pollinator-friendly habitat with native flowering plants that supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and homes.
Every family can take home a plant and pollinator-friendly seed kit to plant in their own gardens.
The activities begin at Cox Reservation in Essex at 10 am with family events scheduled until 1 pm. Adult gardeners are welcome to attend a lecture from 1 to 2 pm on “Pollinator-friendly Pest Control for the Residential Garden.”
Local experts Randy Johnson and Mike Garvey will discuss how to garden with an eye towards helping pollinators, from planting to controlling pests naturally to selecting plants that will encourage a healthy pollinator community. They will discuss pollination and how it works, common garden pests, and give an overview on what to look for when choosing garden materials that will not harm pollinators.
All events are free. A full schedule can be found at ecga.org/events.
If you go…
Timed activities for Pollinator Day:
Hive Opening 10:30-11:00pm
Honey Extraction 11:30-12:00pm
Butterfly Release 12:30-1:00pm
Pest Control Lecture 1:00-2:00pm
Ongoing activities for Pollinator Day:
Take a look inside an empty hive
Pollinator Garden Sign Making
Mason Bee House Making
Pollinator Seed Kit Making
Tool Kit Making with Cape Ann Trail Stewards
Plant your own plant to take home