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Welcome to The University of Illinois Pollinatarium--

a Discovery Science Center devoted to pollinators

Thanks to the Illinois State Beekeepers Association (ISBA) for their generous donations to the UI Pollinatarium!

The University of Illinois Pollinatarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. Why do plants and pollinators merit such special attention? The ecological interaction between pollinators and plants is vitally important because most terrestrial life on Earth depends in one way or another on pollination for survival. Over 75% of all flowering plant species depend on animal pollinators in order to reproduce, so pollination is a key process that sustains all kinds of communities around the world. And among Earth’s inhabitants depending on pollinators for their existence are humans; about one-third of the diet consumed by people around the world—the part with most of the vitamins and minerals--is the result of the pollinator-plant interaction. Pollination is therefore economically important as well. In the U.S. alone, pollinator efforts contribute close to $20 billion to the economy and worldwide pollinator activities are worth over $200 billion. Because so much depends on pollination, the UI Pollinatarium is dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of pollination as a remarkable ecological partnership and an essential ecosystem service.

If you would like to make an appointment to visit the Pollinatarium at a time other than Sat. & Sun. from 1:30-4:30 p.m., click on the "Pollinatarium Visit Request Form" button below. If you would like the Pollinatarium Program Coordinator to come and visit your group, click on the "Visit By Pollinatarium Coordinator Request Form" below. Then email your form to uibees@life.uiuc.edu.

Please note that we no longer have any available timeslots during the Fall semester. We are now scheduling appointments for after January 15, 2017.



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Beespotter

Resources

Hours: Sat. & Sun.  1:30-4:30 pm

Weekdays: By  Appointment


Admission: Free

Suggested Donation: $1/person


606 W. Windsor Rd., Urbana, IL


Contact Us Via Email: uibees@life.uiuc.edu

Click here for donation information.

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University of Illinois

Champaign-Urbana

 

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