Pollinator Week

  • This year Pollinator Week is June 17-23, 2024. Howard County Bee City has a variety of activities to get involved in celebrating pollinators all month long – see details below!

    Saturdays in the Children’s Garden – Critters in the Garden

    HOWARD COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS – ROBINSON NATURE CENTER
    June 1, 10:00 am-11:30 am

    Join Robinson Master Naturalist Volunteers for this exciting free drop-in garden program. Explore hands-on learning stations to engage the mind and senses. Different themes each month based on seasonal happenings. Please note, no pre-registration. First come, first served. Cancelled in the event of inclement weather. General admission to explore inside the nature center is $3 for children and $5 for adults. Robinson Nature Center is located at 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044.

    Summer Saturday Strolls

    HOWARD COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS – ROBINSON NATURE CENTER
    June 8, 10:00 am-11:00 am, $5 member, $8 non-member

    Drop in for a summer nature walk along the trails guided by a staff naturalist. Learn about seasonal happenings to the trees, flowers, plants, and wildlife that call Howard County home. Experience the benefits of connecting to nature for all ages. Call 410-313-0400 to register. No online registration. Walk-ins welcome. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Admission to the nature center included in program cost.

    Bug Bonanza (Parent/Child)

    HOWARD COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS – ROBINSON NATURE CENTER
    June 9, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, 4 years+, $25

    Bring your family out for an afternoon all about our six-legged friends. Learn how to identify a “true” insect, go on a bug bingo search in the meadows, build your own bug friend, and get up close and personal with some of nature’s best camouflaging insects. Registration includes one child and one adult.

    Pollinator StoryWalk®
    HOWARD COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS – MIDDLE PATUXENT ENVIRONMENTAL AREA and HOWARD COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
    June 15–30, open sunrise to sunset, self-guided

    In celebration of National Pollinator Week, come out to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area to enjoy a StoryWalk® of A Butterfly is Patient, by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long. A StoryWalk® is a deconstructed children’s book made into signs placed along a trail where visitors can stroll and follow the story from page to page. Combine reading, physical activity, and family time in nature in a fun new way! Learn about pollinators while walking through meadows and forest. Free and self-guided on natural surface trails. Trail starts at the Trotter Road main entrance kiosk at 5795 Trotter Road, Clarksville, MD 21029.

    Who’s the Gardener’s Best Friend?
    HOWARD COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS – ROBINSON NATURE CENTER
    June 15, 10:00 am-10:30 am

    The garden spider is crying, the bumblebee is bragging, the ladybug is feeling lucky, the earthworm is pouting, and the butterfly is showing off. All because they each want to be Gardener MacDonald’s very best friend. Come enjoy this interactive play by Robinson Master Naturalist volunteers with costumes and puppets that will entertain the whole family and introduce the importance of pollinators. Activity is free and takes place outdoors. General admission to explore inside the nature center is $3 for children and $5 for adults. Robinson Nature Center is located at 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044.

    Native Plant Nursery Experience with Howard EcoWorks

    HOWARD ECOWORKS

    Friday, June 21, anytime between 9:00 am-1:00 pm

    Volunteers can join our Nursery Manager, Ryan at Howard EcoWorks’ Seeds of Change Native Plant Nursery for making seeds bombs, packaging native seed packets, potting up plants, and more. Email Ryan at rbriese@howardecoworks.org to register. Limited to 10 people.

    Butterfly Walks 
    HOWARD COUNTY BIRD and BUTTERFLY CLUB at HOWARD COUNTY CONSERVANCY
    Tuesday, June 25, 10:30 am-12:00 pm & Sunday, June 30, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm

    Come join us on a short butterfly walk (weather permitting) on the grounds of the Howard County Conservancy. The milkweed should be blooming, and we could see Banded and Coral Hairstreaks which only fly for about three weeks this time of year. In addition, we could see Gray Hairstreaks, Monarch, Tiger, Spicebush and Black Swallowtails, Eastern Tailed-Blue and several species of skippers. We should have Sleepy Orange on the Senna in the Community Garden and have a good chance of finding Little Wood Satyr and Northern Pearly-eye. Email kjheff122@gmail.com or sign up at the butterfly table during the Pollinator Fest event. Limited to 15 people per event.

    Building A Pollinator Habitat

    HOWARD COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM, MILLER BRANCH ENCHANTED GARDEN

    Saturday, June 29, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm – REGISTER HERE

    Join us on a tour in the Enchanted Garden as we look at various ways to support native pollinators in your own backyard. Learn about plants that support native bees, moths, butterflies, beetles, wasps (the non-stinging ones)! and hummingbirds. We will discuss ways to encourage nesting for pollinators and birds.

    Pollinator Fest
    HOWARD COUNTY CONSERVANCY
    Sunday, June 30, 10:00 am–1:00 pm – REGISTER HERE

    Join us to celebrate and meet your favorite pollinators! Learn about bees, butterflies, birds, moths and more at informative stations. Meet members of different local environmental groups and learn about what activities they have to offer. There will be an opportunity to meet live insects and make insect-themed crafts. Enjoy fun, hands-on pollinator-themed activities and games, book giveaways, live music, and more!

    POLLINATOR POWERHOUSE PLANTS

    LAUREN’S GARDEN SERVICE & NATIVE PLANT NURSERY

    Buy any of the top 5 pollinator powerhouse plants (Monarda, Solidago, Aster, Pycnanthemum, and Asclepsis) during Pollinator Week and 10% of proceeds will benefit Howard County Bee City.  See www.laurensgardenservice.com for more information.

    Cultivate Garden & Goods (located at LGS Native Plant Nursery) will be offering free pollinator patches and pollinator stickers (while supplies last) to those who come into the store and mention Howard County Bee City!

    WEBINAR SERIES DURING POLLINATOR WEEK