Learn all about pollinators at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

By Sue Scholz / Contributing writer

It’s time for National Pollinator Week at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Jen Salem has planned many interesting activities for all ages, starting Sunday. Pollinators like bees, bats, hummingbirds, butterflies, beetles and flies help pollinate many of our flowering plants and crops. Many of them are in trouble. Without them we would miss many fruits, vegetables and nuts, like blueberries, squash, almonds, chocolate and coffee.

“Pollinators worldwide, like bees and butterflies are in crisis,” said Salem. “National Pollinator Week events recognize the great importance of pollinators in our daily lives. Humans have caused many of their problems, but ultimately hold the key to their survival. By attending TREC’s National Pollinator Week celebration, you can learn how to protect these valuable creatures.”

There will be speakers, workshops, displays, exhibits, kids’ crafts and live honeybee and butterfly exhibits. Events are free and no registration is required unless noted otherwise. For more detailed information go to www.TRECPollinatorWeek.com.

Monday, June 12

  • 11 a.m.-noon: Children’s pollinator activity with Cathy Vorisek, the “Bee Lady.” Ages 4-12.
  • 1-2 p.m.: Ask a beekeeper.
  • 2-3 p.m.: Natural History Museum tour of the wet lab, insect and bird collection and herbarium.
  • 3-4 p.m.: Grow a pollinator garden by master gardener Janet Krack.

Tuesday, June 13

  • 10-11:30 a.m.: Kid’s metamorphosis activity — make a metamorphosis information card. Ages 4-12. $3 per child. Register by calling Beth at 833-6050.
  • 11a.m.-noon: Children’s pollinator activity with Cathy Vorisek, the “Bee Lady.” Ages 4-12.
  • 3-4 p.m.: Ask a beekeeper.
  • 4-5 p.m.: “The Flow-Hive, a Revolutionary New Beehive,” by Fred Dunn. Learn how the Australian Flow-Hive and Flow-Super have simplified honey removal from the beehive.

Wednesday, June 14

  • 10-11a.m.: Ask a beekeeper.
  • 11 a.m.-noon: TREC parking lot garden tour. Salem will discuss native perennial, shrub and tree choices for your yard that benefit pollinators.
  • 1-2 p.m.: Pollinators and plants of Presque Isle by naturalist Bob Harris.
  • 3-4 p.m.: Organic gardening and foods by Ryan Reed-Campbell from the Whole Foods Co-op.

Thursday, June 15

  • 11 a.m.-noon: Children’s pollinator activity with Cathy Vorisek, the “Bee Lady.” Ages 4-12.
  • 1-2 p.m.: Creating a butterfly garden by master gardener Maria Blakeslee.
  • 2-3 p.m.: Ask a beekeeper.
  • 6-8 p.m.: Pollinator pontoon boat ride. Take an evening ride through the lagoons. Space is limited. Register by calling Beth at 833-6050.

Friday, June 16

  • 10 a.m.-11 a.m.: Pollinator planting workshop in the TREC garden by Salem.
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