2015 Calendar of Events

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

Saturday June 6, 13, and 20

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.

June 15-21
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 the items that are pollinated and what animal pollinates it!

Sunday, June 14
Pollination Fascination lecture series: Alex Harmon-Threatt presents "Wild bees in wild places: Tales from prairies, glades and beyond"

U of I Pollinatarium, NE of the corner of Lincoln & Windsor (directions)
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dr. Alex Harmon-Threatt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois. Her lab has broad interests in understanding the patterns and processes that govern plant-pollinator interactions for conservation and she will be talking about some of the fascinating species she studies and the places they inhabit.

Wednesday, June 17
The Pollinator Round at Trivia Night at Pizza M

208 W Main St. Urbana, IL
7:00PM-9:00PM                                                                                                                                                                                       Test your knowledge of pollinators in a pollinator-themed round of trivia at Trivia Night at Pizza M!

Saturday, June 20
Champaign County Master Gardeners Garden Walk

U of I Pollinatarium, NE of the corner of Lincoln & Windsor (directions)
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
The Pollinatarium will be a part of the Garden Walk tour! Stop by to see our restored native prairie, our children’s garden, and the displays we have in our museum.

Sunday, June 21
BeeSpotter BeeBlitz

U of I Pollinatarium, NE of the corner of Lincoln & Windsor (directions)
all day
Join us at the Pollinatarium to celebrate the end of another National Pollinator Week. We will venture out into the fields surrounding the Pollinatarium and photograph bees, then upload the photos to BeeSpotter. We encourage you to bring your camera or smartphone, though we will have cameras available for those who need one. We will also have computers available so you can upload your spottings immediately.
Nature lovers and concerned citizens in Illinois, Missouri, and the Greater Cincinnati Area are invited to get outside, snap pictures of bees and upload their findings to BeeSpotter. For more information or find and event near you, visit the BeeBlitz webpage.

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.