Bzz, let's talk Pollinators!
Today is World Bee Day - World Bee Day is always May 20th because it is the birthday of Anton Jansa, the pioneer of beekeeping. He was born all the way back in 1734! I want to celebrate how awesome pollinators, including bees, are. Not only are they super important (Do you know why? We'll explore it!) but they need our help. These resources have a ton of pollinator tidbits that can be both educational and fun to explore. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has some information on planting for pollinators and a Pollen Nation program, so while exploring pollinators, you can go on to all of the online fun the Zoo/Garden has including their At Home Safaris! I'll be posting another blog post about the Cincinnati Zoo later!
Check out these pollinator and bee activities and educational goodies:
Pollinator Activity Guide PDF: https://kidsgardening.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/KG_Pollinator.ActivityandLessonPlan.Kit_.pdf Pollinator Activity Book PDF: http://www.life.illinois.edu/pollinatorweek/docs/Pollination%20Activity%20Book.pdf
MSU Extension Smart Pollinator Gardening for Kids: https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/smart-gardening-for-kids-how-to-make-your-yard-bee-friendly?fbclid=IwAR1Yn8E8WxQsP2_0B0o-yZIxTowTZ7gcRKFmtRO4wVv5xk1u1fgcYYULEZY
Pollinator Registration: https://pollinators.msu.edu/programs/pollinator-champions/register-for-pollinator-champions/?fbclid=IwAR0IWjifS9abi2SXAPwuBrNMJX5AyPmVDWrTVKJVz4rGNfSiFxImvsBFRR8
Pollinator.Org has a ton of information: https://www.pollinator.org/learning-center/education
Pollinator.Orgs Activities page:
Interactive Pick the Pollinator:
California Academy of Sciences Pollinator Information:
Make a Pollination Station with Ranger Rick - Account creation necessary to access, however, Ranger Rick online is free until June 30 2020 - no payment information is necessary at the time of sign up: https://rangerrick.org/crafts_activities/create-a-pollination-station-for-pollinators-in-your-yard/
The Forest Service information for Pollinators: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/index.shtml
Gardening for Pollinators: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/gardening.shtml
Forest Service Activities: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/activities/index.shtml#collapse13
If you do any of these activities, make sure you show me! Use the hashtag #LearningFunWithLaura so I don't miss it. Have something you think we should feature? Let me know. :)