Get your buzz on: Third annual Bee Palooza marks National Pollinator Week at MSU

Join us Sunday, June 22, at the MSU Horticulture Gardens to have fun and learn all about pollinators!

In celebration of National Pollinator Week, Michigan State University is hosting the Third Annual Bee Palooza from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2014. This interactive event is for people of all ages to learn more about pollinators by visiting a series of seven stations set up in various parts of the beautiful MSU Horticulture Gardens. Learn about the 400 bee species found in Michigan, view the inner workings of both honey bee and bumble bee colonies, learn how to build your own solitary bee nesting box, and learn about bee-friendly gardening. In addition, there will be pollinator-themed face painting and a scavenger hunt for the young at heart.

Pollinators play an important role in the production of many seed, nut and fruit crops, including almonds, apples, blueberries, cherries, coffee, melons, squash, sunflowers and tomatoes. Some people think only of allergies when they hear about pollen, but pollination — the transfer of pollen grains to fertilize the seed-producing ovaries of flowers — is essential to plant reproduction. Many trees, shrubs and wildflowers depend on bees and other pollinators to move this pollen between flowers.

This annual event is free and open to the public, and more details are available on Bee Palooza’s Facebook page. Maps to the MSU campus and to the MSU Horticulture Garden on the west side of Bogue Street south of Wilson Road will help you find the gardens and nearby parking.

For more information, contact Julianna Wilson at or Rufus Isaacs at

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