2013 Calendar of Events

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

First four Saturdays in June
Market on 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.

June 17 - 23
Pollinator Food Guides at Common Ground Food Co-op
Lincoln Square Village, Urbana, IL 

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 bees, flies, birds, and bats!


Saturday, June 22

Exploring the Science of Pollination
Urbana Free Library
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn about the process of pollination by observing live moths and butterflies and the plants that they pollinate. We will break out the microscopes to get an even closer look!


Sunday, June 23

Guided Nature Walk
Meadowbrook Park, Race Street Entrance
10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Discover the interconnected relationships between the native pollinators and plants of central Illinois. Local radio personality and naturalist David Monk will guide participants on a tour of the world of pollination in the restored prairie of Meadowbrook. A great introduction to the *who, what, where, when and why* of pollinators.

Insect Photography Workshop
Meadowbrook Park, Race Street Entrance
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Learn how to photograph bees and insect pollinators in nature by entomologist and photographer Alex Wild. Especially for naturalists and insect enthusiasts, the presentation will demonstrate camera setup and technique. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome.

Storytelling: The Butterfly That Would Not Fly
U of I Pollinatarium, NE of the corner of Lincoln & Windsor (directions)
1:00 - 2:00 PM
Bring the kids on over for a pollinator storytelling at the Pollinatarium! Read by the authors, Cindy and Kirby Pringle, this fun story is about a monarch butterfly that is afraid to fly and how it overcomes its fears.

Nurturing Native Bees Workshop
U of I Pollinatarium, NE of the corner of Lincoln & Windsor (directions)
2:00 - 3:00 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 save and loving home! We'll also show you house to make a native bee house out of wood.