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 will assess the public’s understanding of pollinators and pollinator protection actions along with increasing the capacity of local park and recreation agencies to engage and educate communities around pollinator topics.
What's Happening to Pollinators?
Pollinators are essential to our ecosystem. Over 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 are not only an essential for our food production, they support healthy ecosystems.
Almost all Americans agree that communities should have special places to support pollinators. But most people don’t know how they can help, although they would if they were shown how.
Parks are vital to creating and sustaining pollinator habitat in our public spaces but also play a key role in educating community members on how they can help. As pillars in their communities, park and recreation agencies are uniquely positioned to advance pollinator health and protection strategies at the local level.
Pollinator species have declined in numbers, become endangered or even gone extinct due to the loss of natural food supplies and habitat. By helping create and restore pollinator habitat across the country in public spaces along with educating communities of their importance, great strides can be made in their recovery. Join us in supporting pollinators nationwide and do your part to help!
NRPA Park Pulse Survey: Parks Play a Vital Role in Saving Pollinators
Parks play an important role in providing habitat for pollinator species across the country. But parks can't do it alone. Help us restore habitat for pollinators by learning which native plants are best for your area. Then, get outside and exercise your green thumb!
Download a PDF copy of our Conservation poster to display at your agency or share with the public.
This resource guide for monarch preservation provides a framework for how parks can get involved with monarch conservation activities, especially the creation and restoration of high quality habitat for monarchs. You'll also learn valuable information on how to create new partnerships for saving the monarch, and ways to engage youth and adults in the conservation of this valuable and much-loved pollinator species.
Featured photo of bee on a gaillardia flower by Angela Altomare.
Contact Michele White with any questions.