(It’ll be a honey of a party . . . )

Have you heard the buzz? Bees play a keystone role in the productivity of American agriculture through the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. This event brings together bees, scientists, beekeepers, food, music, and more, and provides an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate the life and work of honey bees and native bees.

The 2013 Pollinator Party will take place on Thursday, July 25th from 5pm to 8pm at Lyndale Park Gardens, just beyond the Peace Garden, on the east side of Lake Harriet. This event is free.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase from Bryant Lake Bowl.

  • Learn about honey bees and urban bee keeping
  • Discover the life cycles of honey bees and wild bees, pollination and more
  • Observe live honey bees
  • Learn about the importance of native plants for bees from the Wild Ones
  • Sample Minnesota honey
  • Mother Earth Gardens will be on hand with native plants and information about making your own backyard bee-hospitable.
  • Enjoy hands-on educational games
  • Take the Pollinator Pledge
  • Earn a cone of ice-cream made with honey
  • Discover the wild bees of the park, including the rare rusty-patched bumble bee
  • Engage in Art in the Park with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • Meet Emily Campbell, the 2013 American Honey Princess
  • Listen to live music including The Brass Messengers, Dreamland Faces, & Summer Breeze

Picnic in the park! Bryant Lake Bowl will be on site selling food & beverages.  www.bryantlakebowl.com

The Pollinator Party is sponsored by Whole Foods. www.wholefoods.com

Event partners include the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, University of Minnesota Bee Lab and Bee Squad, the Bell Museum, and the Beez Kneez.

For additional information contact:

MaryLynn Pulscher, Environmental Education Coordinator, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

mpulscher@minneapolisparks.org  or 612 313 7784

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