Pollinator Week

This year Pollinator Week is June 17-25, 2023. Howard County Bee City has a variety of activities to get involved in celebrating pollinators – see details below!

Pollinator StoryWalk®
HOWARD COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS – MIDDLE PATUXENT ENVIRONMENTAL AREA and HOWARD COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
June 17–25, dawn to dusk, self-led

In celebration of National Pollinator Week, come out to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area to enjoy a StoryWalk® of Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate, by Sara Levine, illustrated by Masha D’yans.  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.

Pollination Celebration
HOWARD COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS – MIDDLE PATUXENT ENVIRONMENTAL AREA
Saturday, June 17, 9:00am – 11:00am (Rain date: Saturday, June 24, 9:00am-11:00am)

Join us at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area for flower crafts, pollinator games, and bee hotel building kits.  Registration requested.  Email Lisa Marini at  lmarini@howardcountymd.gov to register.

Butterfly Walks 
HOWARD COUNTY BIRD and BUTTERFLY CLUB
Tuesday, June 20, 10:30 am-12:00 pm & Sunday, June 25, 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.

Howard EcoWorks Pollinator Week Fest
HOWARD ECOWORKS
Wednesday, June 21 & Friday, June 23 – 9:30am-12:00pm

Join Howard EcoWorks to make seeds bombs and pot up plants at our nursery! Assist us with making seed bombs from our pollinator seed mix and clay soil, or assist our nursery director, Andrés, & nursery assistant, Ryan, with potting up plants for general sale and learn more about our nursery practices!

Pollination Station
HOWARD COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS – ROBINSON NATURE CENTER
June 24, 9:30 am-11:30 am

Come drop by Robinson Nature Center for ongoing activities all about pollinators. Make native seed “bombs”, explore the meadow for pollinators, and make a pollinator themed craft. Activities are free and take 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.

Pollinator Fest
HOWARD COUNTY CONSERVANCY
Sunday, June 25, 10:00 am–1:00 pm – REGISTER HERE

Join us at the Howard County Conservancy to celebrate and meet your favorite pollinators! Learn about bees, butterflies, moths, birds and more at informative stations. Enjoy fun, hands-on pollinator themed activities and games, seed giveaways, book swap 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 a 5% donation to Howard County Bee City Chapter for any pollinator-related sales. Items with bees, butterflies, bat houses, moths and more will have proceeds donated!

Other Ways to get involved in Pollinator Week:

Regional Pollinator Resource Festival
CITY OF COLLEGE PARK BEE CITY USA
Saturday, June 17, 1:00pm–4:00 pm @ UMD – College Park– DETAILS HERE

Webinar Series during Pollinator Week