2014 Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public!

Saturday June 7, 14, and 21
Market at the Square in Urbana
7:00 AM-12:00 PM
Visit our booth at the Urbana Farmer's Market to learn about the status of pollinators in North America and how you can help.

All Week (June 16 - 22)

Pollinator Food Guides at Common Ground Food Co-op
All during National Pollinator Week, Common Ground Food Co-op will have guides all around the store indicating which of the items need pollinators! Stop in and see how much of the food you eat on a daily basis wouldn't exist without out bees, flies, birds, and bats!


Pollinator Menu at Big Grove Tavern
From June 16-22, Big Grove Tavern will have all of their pollinated dishes labeled on their menu! Stop on in for brunch, lunch, or dinner to see which of your favorite menus items are made possible because of pollinators!


Pollinator Pizza at Pizza M
During this year’s Pollinator Week, you will be able to pick up a special “Pollinator Pizza” from Pizza M, with delicious ingredients that wouldn’t exist without pollinators!


Saturday, June 14
Pollinator Doughnut at Pandamonium Doughnuts
7:00 AM-12:00 PM
Visit Pandamonium Doughnuts at their booth at Urbana Market at the Square on June 14 and you can pick up a tasty “Pollinator Doughnut” made with special pollinated ingredients! 


Sunday, June 15
Pollination Fascination lecture series: Michelle Duennes presents “Finding new bumble bee species: Modern species-seeking and exploration”
U of I Pollinatarium, NE of the corner of Lincoln & Windsor
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Michelle Duennes is a PhD Candidate in the lab of Dr. Sydney Cameron in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois. She studies the evolution of bumble bees in the mountains of Mexico and Central America and will present a travelogue of her adventures finding new species of bumble bees and experiences doing field work throughout Latin America. This lecture is part of the Pollination Fascination lecture series at the U of I Pollinatarium.


Monday, June 16
Urbana Free Library: VIP (Very Important Pollinators)!
10:00AM-10:45AM
Join Lesley, from the UIUC Pollinatarium, to celebrate National Pollinator Week and find out why plants and pollinators are so important. The event will include story telling and pollinator-friendly seeds will be available to take home for free! For children in elementary school.


Tuesday, June 17
Pollinator Tasting at Common Ground Food Co-op
5:00PM-7:00PM
Tuesday’s tasting will be pollinator-themed! Some of the graduate students involved in making the “Pollinator Guides” you’ll see all around the store will be available to answer questions and serve up some interesting pollinated samples for you to enjoy.

Wednesday, June 18
Douglass Branch Library: Pollinators with Paws
3:00PM-4:00PM
National Pollinator Week with Lesley Deem from the U of I Pollinatarium. Learn about pollinators who have paws rather than wings, such as geckos and the honey possum, then try being a pollinator yourself! This event will feature story-telling, honey-tastings, and is for school-age kids.


The Pollinator Round at Trivia Night at Pizza M
7:00PM-9:00PM
Test your knowledge of pollinators in a pollinator-themed round of trivia at Trivia Night at Pizza M!


Thursday, June 19
The Amazing Honey Bee by Maggie Wachter
6:00PM-8:00PM
The honey bee has been pollinating flowers and making honey for millions of years.  Beekeeper Maggie Wachter will take us inside the hive to discuss the evolution of the honey bee, its life cycle and how bees make honey. Some man-made and natural threats to honey bee survival will be discussed.  This class is intended for gardeners, new beekeepers and anyone interested in protecting the environment.


Sunday, June 22
Pollination Celebration!
U of I Pollinatarium, NE of the corner of Lincoln & Windsor

12:00-2:00 PM
Join us for our yearly celebration of pollinators at the U of I Pollinatarium! This event will feature arts and crafts for kids, story-telling, a honey tasting, and guests are free to stroll through our restored native prairie.


Nurturing Native Bees Workshop
U of I Pollinatarium, NE of the corner of Lincoln & Windsor
2:00-3:30 PM
Join us for a free workshop on how to identify the bees living in your own backyard and how you can help them by providing nesting habitat for them. Participants will make and receive their own native bee house. Supplies are limited, so if you can, bring your own plastic, metal, or glass cylinder (tennis ball can, coffee can, etc.) and we'll provide the bamboo shoots you'll need to give those bees a safe and loving home! We'll also show you house to make a native bee house out of wood.


A Special Cello Performance by Samuel Araya
U of I Pollinatarium, NE of the corner of Lincoln & Windsor
3:30-4:30 PM
Samuel Araya of the Community Center for the Arts will give a special cello performance to end our week-long celebration of National Pollinator Week!