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Pollinator Palooza

Celebrate birds, bees, butterflies and all of the other creatures that make our gardens grow during Pollinator Palooza, in conjunction with National Pollinator Week. Engage with various organizations that are raising awareness for pollinators, while enjoying learning opportunities, crafts, music, garden tours and more.

This event is free to attend; no tickets or reservations are required. Please note that this event is held in the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus, southeast of the Conservatory. Admission would be required if you wish to also explore the Conservatory before or after the event.

Schedule of Events

Organization Fair & Activities | 11am–3pm

Stop by pollinator-centric booths from the Conservatory and participating organizations for activities, crafts, games and more. The full list of participating organizations is below.

Exploring Pollinators in the Garden | 11am & 1:30pm

Take a walk in the garden and observe bees in action. Led by Denise Ellsworth, the Program Director of Honey Bee and Native Pollinator Education, OSU Extension.

The Bugman | 11am–3pm

The Bugman, Mark Berman, shares his knowledge and excitement about bugs during live demonstrations.

Fort Hayes Student Band led by Jeff McGarish  | 11am–3pm

Students from Columbus City School Fort Hayes will perform live music throughout the event.

Food Demonstration | TBD

Taste delicious foods made with ingredients that are only possible thanks to pollinators. Led by the Conservatory’s Sustainability Educator, Heather Bell.

Food Trucks | 11am-3pm



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Participating Organizations

Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center/Center for Applied Plants
Bat Conservation International
The Bee Collective
The Bugman
Child Development Council of Franklin County
Central Ohio Beekeepers Association
Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks
Columbus GreenSpot
Columbus Recreation and Parks
East Central Ohio Beekeepers Association
For All Species
Fort Hayes
Franklin County Master Gardeners Volunteers
Gahanna Herb Center
Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council
Grange Audobon Center
Greater Columbus Growing Coalition
Hinton Apiaries
Kiwanis Club of Columbus
Love Your Alley
Ohio History Connection
Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative
Ohio State Beekeepers Association
Ohio State University Extension
Ohio Wildlife Center
Red Bearded Honey Man
Scioto Gardens
Wild Hare Prairie Native Nursery
Wild Ones Columbus

Past Pollinator Paloozas