Pollinator Party

June 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 04:00pm

Celebrate the bees, bats, beetles, butterflies and birds that are important to our ecosystem.

Join us as we kick off National Pollinator Week (June 18 to 24) at the Oregon Zoo. The zoo will team up with Metro, Oregon Flora, Oregon Bee Project, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Urban Beekeepers, Portland Parks & Recreation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and Xerces Society to launch Oregon Pollinator Week. The Pollinator Party is an ideal time to learn about pollinators and find out what you can do to protect them. 

The Pollinator Party will feature hands-on, kid-friendly activities. Pick up a Pollinator Passport and get it stamped at Oregon Zoo and Hoyt Arboretum. At the zoo, get your stamps at these stations in the entry plaza and the NESt: 1. Bring Back Oregon Butterflies, 2. Native Bees Pollinate Our Fruits and Vegetables, 3. Native Plants Help Pollinators, 4. Build a Bee, 5. Gardening for Bees and 6. Honey Bees and Beekeeping. Pick up three more stamps at Hoyt Arboretum and get a Bees of Oregon poster. 

Learn practical tips on how to turn your garden, farm and forest into a pollinator sanctuary. Find out what steps are being taken to help endangered butterflies and to put the plants they need back in the landscape. Meet a beekeeper; learn to identify our native bumble bees and put their location on the map. Build your very own bee and match it up against the more than 500 species we have in the state. Ask all the pollinator questions you can think of and get answers from biologists and experts. 

Helping to create a better environment for hummingbirds, bumblebees and butterflies will not just benefit those species, but help the planet and other species as well. 

Come and learn how humans can take actions to make sure that declining pollinator populations start to thrive again. National Pollinator Week and the Pollinator Party will offer plenty of practical advice on how we can address this urgent issue while we celebrate the valuable ecosystem services provided by these masters of pollination. 

Cost: free with zoo admission.