Fun and educational events planned to focus on pollinators in the third week of June

The third week of June is National Pollinator Week, and Michigan State University’s Department of Entomology will be involved in multiple events to celebrate our fuzzy friends.

May 29, 2018

The MSU bee hotel is now home to many different bee species. Learn which ones at BeePalooza

The third week of June is National Pollinator Week, and the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Entomology will be involved in multiple events to celebrate our fuzzy friends.

On Sunday June 24th from 1-4 p.m., MSU will be buzzing with activity, as the Department of Entomology hosts the sixth annual Bee Palooza at the Horticultural Demonstration Gardens. For people of all ages, this is a free, fun and educational event to provide an afternoon of interactive activities centered on understanding the wonderful world of pollinators.

The beautiful gardens will be dotted with displays on honey bees, bumble bees, bee hotels, wild bees of Michigan, plants to support pollinators, and the importance of bees and other pollinators are for our food supply. Hands-on workshops will help you experience ’being a bee’, allow you to plant some native seeds and take those home, and show you how to identify different pollinators in your garden. Pollinator-themed face painting will be back by popular demand too!

The MSU Horticulture Gardens are located on the southwest corner of Bogue Street and Wilson Road on the MSU campus in East Lansing, with ample parking on the west and east side of the gardens. For updates and more information visit www.beepalooza.org or our Facebook Event page.

Also on June 24, on other side of campus the MSU Bug House will also be open for visitors. Visit that to learn about all the other insects, spiders, and millipedes. The Bug House will be open from 1-4 p.m.

If you are over 21, earlier in the week we invite you to join members of the MSU Department of Entomology for a Bees & Brews version of Biology on Tap. This will be held on Wednesday June 20 at 7:30 p.m. at The Loft, 414 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI. Enjoy short talks from local experts about honey bees, wild bees, and monarch butterflies. This event is limited to people 21 or older.

For more information, contact: Julianna Wilson at jkwilson@msu.edu or Rufus Isaacs at isaacsr@msu.edu.

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