The public is invited to volunteer for a special planting event Saturday, June 17 to kick off National Pollinator Week. The Volunteers in Parks (VIP) event is from 8 to 11 a.m. at Woods Park, 32nd and "O" St. It's the first in a series of several events to observe National Pollinator Week June 19 through June 25. The week was established by Congress ten years ago to address the decline of pollinators, including monarch butterflies and bees.
The volunteers at Woods Park will meet at the berm along 33rd Street south of "O" Street. They will plant about 3000 perennial flowers and grasses. The Save the Monarchs organization has provided about 400 pollinator-friendly plants to be distributed in four park areas, including Woods. Volunteers should bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Tools and materials will be provided. Parking is available at the lots at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, 3140 "N" Street. To register for volunteer events, please contact email@example.com
Beginning at about 10 a.m. Thursday, June 22, Summer Day Camp participants will plant milkweed, which is essential for monarch butterflies. They will be working at Antelope Park South near the Pioneer Woman sculpture near 33rd and Pawnee streets.
The Parks and Recreation Department and its partners — Lincoln Partners for Public Art Development, University of Nebraska Bee Lab, and Nebraska Beekeepers Association — will share information about pollinators throughout the week through social media.
Two events are planned at the Pioneers Park Nature Center (call 402-441-7895 to register):
The Nebraska Beekeepers Association will have a Bee Fun Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at the UNL Agriculture Research and Development Center, 1071 County Road G in Ithaca, which is southeast of Wahoo in Saunders County. The event features presentations on beekeeping, candle making and other topics. The registration fee for non-members is $55, and more information is available at nebraskabeekeepers.org.
The nonprofit Pollinator Partnership is the world's largest organization dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems.
For more information about pollinator areas within Lincoln Park and Recreation, contact Mark Canney, Park Planner, at 402-441-8248 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on Lincoln Parks and Recreation is available at parks.lincoln.ne.gov.