Join us for a three-month celebration of pollinators and how they impact our lives during our Summer of Pollinators!
At Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, we strive to create, support and teach the intricate and delicate connections of the natural world. This year, we will hold a three-month Summer of Pollinators celebration to teach the public about pollinator-plant relationships which help bring food, fiber and medicine.
Celebrating pollinators is a natural extension of our work in gardens, conservatories and arboreta dedicated to plants. Pollinators, animals that transfer pollen from one flower to another, help flowering plants reproduce and even contribute to the global economy! Unfortunately, these animals that help keep the world running are in danger. In the past few years, insect population decreases have been on the rise and could lead not only to the loss of the plants we know and love, but food shortages as well. To protect and support the pollinators we so depend upon, Summer of Pollinators aims to teach others about their importance in our lives, how we can all do our part to create pollinator-friendly spaces and more!
Virtual Events for Adults
Learn something new in our pollinator-themed adult education courses. From sustainable landscaping to botanical art and photography, there are many courses to pique your interest in pollinators! Click the links to sign up -- links to July and August events are coming soon!
- Our Small World: Intro to Macrophotography | June 7, 21, 28 and July 12
Learn macrophotography with a special focus on pollinators with Don Orkoskey
- Backyard Entomology | June 9, 16 and 23
Learn basic backyard entomology with Dr. Ryan Gott
- Pollinators I | June 27, July 11 and 18
Learn how to draw pollinators with Robin Menard
- Drawing Pollinators | July 7
Learn how to draw pollinators with Melissa Fabian
- Discovery Garden Tour | July 15
Tour the Discovery Garden at Phipps Conservatory with Dr. Ryan Gott and learn about the pollinators that frequent the garden
- Pennsylvania Bees, Butterflies and Moths | July 15
Learn about Pennsylvania's pollinators with Dr. Ryan Gott
- Summer Short Course: Gardening for Pollinators | July 29
Join Phipps and Penn State Extension for a full day of learning about gardening for pollinators with Heather Holm and guests Emily Erickson and Dr. Ryan Gott.
- Protecting and Promoting Pollinators | Aug. 11 and 18
Learn how to protect and promote pollinators with Dr. Ryan Gott
Virtual Events for Children
Virtual Story Time:
Our youngest visitors are invited to join us virtually for our weekly Story Time programs throughout the summer to learn more about pollinators!
- "All About Bees" | June 24
- "All About Butterflies" | July 15
- "All About Birds" | Aug. 19
Join one of our many pollinator-themed virtual summer camps or programs to learn more about the world of pollinators.
Virtual Summer Camps:
- Pollinators in Our Garden
June 29 – July 2 | Ages 2 – 4
- Pollinator Power
July 13 – 17 OR July 20 – 24 | Ages 4 – 6
- Pollination Investigation
Aug. 17 – 21 | Ages 6 – 8
- From STEM to Seed
Aug. 17 – 21 | Ages 8 – 10
Phipps Virtual Explorers Academy:
- Pollinator Perfection: Butterflies
Fri., May 22 | Ages 4 – 6
Thurs., May 28 | Ages 7 – 11
- Pollinator Perfection: Beetles
Mon., June 1 | Ages 4 – 6
- Pollinator Perfection: Fig Wasps
Mon., June 8 | Ages 4 – 6
- Bees and Pollination
Thurs., June 11 | Ages 7 – 11