Parks for Pollinators is a national campaign focused on raising public awareness of the current pollinator crisis, encouraging local action and positioning parks as a national leader in advancing pollinator health. This campaign continues to assess the public’s understanding of pollinators, to outline actions to protect them and to increase local park and recreation agencies’ capacity to engage and educate communities about pollinator topics.
What's Happening to Pollinators?
Pollinators play an essential role in our ecosystem. More than 75% of the world's flowering plants and 35% of the world's crops rely on pollinators. Did you know that one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators? They not only are essential for our food production, but also support healthy environments.
Communities should have special places to support pollinators. But many people don’t know how they can help, although they would if they could learn how.
Pollinator species have declined in numbers, become endangered or even gone extinct due to the loss of natural food supplies and habitat. Their recovery can occur through the creation and restoration of native habitats across the country in public spaces along with educating communities how they can help. Parks, as pillars in their community, are vital in creating this change. Join us in supporting pollinators nationwide and do your part to help!
Multiple Benefits of Pollinator Habitat
Did you know that pollinator habitat and native plants do so much more than support pollinators? Pollinators and their habitats:
- Increase ecological resilience of communities.
- Improve water quality by filtering stormwater and runoff.
- Reduce the heat island effect.
- Are low maintenance and water efficient.
- Provide many more wonderful benefits.
Parks for Pollinators Pledge
Your parks can support pollinators by making your best effort to:
- Plant a variety of pollinator-friendly flowers that bloom from spring through fall, and grow as many native plants as possible (especially milkweed).
- Avoid using insecticides and herbicides, which may kill butterflies, caterpillars or the plants that pollinators rely on. We will try an integrated pest management (IPM) or the organic land management (OLM) approach.
- Educate our community on steps they take to help pollinators.
- Create or update a pollinator protection strategy for our agency or community.
Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz
In June 2019, you helped to raise awareness of pollinators nationwide by hosting a Parks for Pollinator BioBlitz in your community. Thank you!
Bioblitz toolkit: This toolkit will help you plan, execute and evaluate your bioblitz! It contains everything you need to set up your event through iNaturalist and even provides extra complimentary activities too.
Pollinator Protection and Outreach Strategies: Multiple Methods that Make a Difference. This webinar highlights best practices and methods to create a pollinator protection strategy and outreach plan in your community.
Parks Play a Vital Role in Saving Pollinators. National research on the public’s support of pollinator issues and their knowledge of how they can help.
Monarch Conservation Resource Guide. This guide helps you create and restore high quality habitat for monarchs, which helps many pollinators. You'll also learn valuable information on how to create new partnerships for saving the monarchs and pollinators, and ways to engage youth and adults in monarch conservation.
Featured photo of bee on a gaillardia flower by Angela Altomare.
Contact Michele White with any questions.