MSU has events for everyone during National Pollinator Week

During National Pollinator Week, June 19-26, 2016, Michigan State University will host two events: Bee Palooza and Science on Tap: Beezzz & Brewzzz.

Michigan State University will be hosting two pollinator events during National Pollinator Week, June 19-26, 2016. On June 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., the MSU Horticulture Gardens will be buzzing with activity as the MSU Department of Entomology hosts the fifth annual Bee Palooza. This is a free, fun and educational event for people of all ages organized by volunteers to provide an afternoon of interactive activities centered on understanding the wonderful world of pollinators.

The beautiful gardens will be dotted with displays to demonstrate and discuss honeybee colonies, bumble bees, the wild bees of Michigan, plants to support pollinators and the importance of bees and other pollinators to the food supply. Hands-on workshops will show visitors how to create a native bee hotel, how to make native plant seed “bombs” and how to identify various pollinators in their gardens. Visitors will also be able to get information on starting a pollinator garden. Pollinator-themed face painting will be back by popular demand, too.

Designed for kids and adults, this event would make a great Father’s Day activity. The MSU Horticulture Gardens are located on the southwest corner of Bogue Street and Wilson Road in East Lansing, Michigan, at 1066 Bogue St, East Lansing, MI 48824. For updates and more information, visit the Bee Palooza website or Bee Palooza Facebook page.

For an adults-only follow-up event, join members of the MSU Department of Entomology at the Science on Tap: Beezzz & Brewzzz event. This is a fun evening of short presentations about the current status of bees in Michigan with a fermented beverage angle. This event will be June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Beer Grotto, 500 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912. A bee-themed beer will be on tap that night, along with three short talks by local experts about Michigan’s wild bees, the state of honey bees and the links between bees and beverages. This is a free event (other than the purchase of drinks). For updates and more information, visit the Beezzz & Brewzzz Facebook page.

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