It seems remarkably apt that the Pollinatarium effort has advanced based almost entirely on altruism, which befits the social behavior of the honey bee, the nation's premier managed pollinator.
We are exceptionally fortunate that developer Peter Fox took an interest in this project and has made an extraordinary effort to bring it to fruition. Mr. Fox has devoted hours to helping us plan this project, with his personal goal of having it as a community resource available for every elementary school in the area for class visits. Our department and our colleagues at the Illinois Natural History Survey have provided expertise and materials for exhibit construction.
There are many ways you can help the Pollinatarium help pollinators. You can volunteer your time! We hope to expand our exhibits and to enhance the site with display gardens demonstrating how to plant flowers to attract butterflies, bumble bees, honey bees, hummingbirds or moths to your backyard. If you are interested in volunteering to join this effort, we're happy to have the help! You can also learn to be a docent and help people learn about pollinators and pollination.
You can also become a Friend of the Pollinatarium with a donation and help us become more effective in raising pollinator awareness and pollinator appreciation. Cash donations can be left at the Pollinatarium with the Pollinatarium Coordinator. Checks written to "University of Illinois" with "Pollinatarium donation" written on the memo line can also be left with the Pollinatarium Coordinator or they can be sent to:
Department of Entomology
320 Morrill Hall, MC-118
505 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801