Pollinator Parties


Pollinator Parties are events held in a park or other public garden area (flowers required!) for 2-3 hours on a summer afternoon.  Catch and identify pollinators, play games, make crafts, and learn a lot!

During these parties, you will learn which pollinators live in your area - especially bees, butterflies and hummingbirds - and catch those pollinators in vials and nets to get a closer look and identify them.  All insects are released after identification, so no pollinators are hurt or kept in the process. 

Other learning opportunities, such as the process of pollination, why pollinators are declining, and how you can help are available during these parties too.


You'll get to:

  • Learn which pollinators live by you
  • Catch bees and butterflies to ID them
  • Play games and make crafts related to pollination
  • Take home identification guides and vials to use at home
  • Learn about how to help pollinators, like planting a pollinator garden
  • Sign up for the Bumble Bee Brigade, a network of bee observers



Pollinator Parties: 2014


These parties are co-sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management and local partners.

Request a Party in your town!  The Biodiversity Institute loves to co-host pollinator parties throughout the state - we'll do the planning, and ask you to help with local logistics.


Fear Not!

The vast majority of our native bees, such as bumble bees, carpenter bees, mason bees and leafcutter bees, are very gentle and very rarely sting.  They are frequently mistaken for yellow jackets, wasps or honey bees, which tend to be more aggressive.  But our docile native bees are great for getting a close look because they are so gentle.