Pollination Celebration – Saturday, June 21 2014 10 am to 12 pm
Come meet these hard working friends of the farm at Pollination Celebration, our annual event in support of National Pollinator Week. Pollination Celebration, which will be held on the grounds of Howell Territorial Park and the Sauvie Island Organics farm on 6/21 from 10 am to noon, will offer guests a sneak peak into the world of pollinators, the challenges they face and the important role pollinators play in our food supply. In addition to Sauvie Island Center’s own staff, subject matter experts from our official event partner The Xerxes Society and Metro will be on hand for the celebration. Pollination Celebration is brought to you in part by sponsor Portland Nursery. Snap some pics at Pollination Celebration and enter the Fun Farm Photos contest. Post pics to your social media feeds with #sicfarmfun and you might win pollinator prize from Portland Nursery.
Through interactive games and a pollinator scavenger hunt guests will learn about bee habitats and attracting pollinators. Using kid-sized magnifying glasses we’ll take a close-up look at how bees use their bodies to gather pollen. Magnifying glasses will also help attendees see how flowers and plants attract pollinators and facilitate the pollination process. Kids will even have the chance to play the role of a pollinator, transferring pollen from one plant to another. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, enjoy the grounds of Howell Territorial Park and visit one of the many neighboring u-pick berry farms on Sauvie Island.
Our pollinator curriculum was create in partnership with The Xerxes Society, a non-profit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. With the native hedgerow as our classroom, staff members and volunteers guide students through the lesson on how pollination works and its role on our farm in the world’s food supply.
It has been seven years since the US Senate designated a week in June as National Pollinator Week, which marked an important step in addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. To learn more about what is happening, and what you can do, visit the Pollinator Partnership website.