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. Our 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.
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!
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 essential for our food production; they support healthy ecosystems.
Almost everyone agrees that communities should have special places to support pollinators. But most people don’t know how they can help, although they would if they could learn how.
Parks are vital to creating and sustaining pollinator habitats in our public spaces but also play a key role in educating community members on how they can help. Park and recreation agencies, pillars of their communities, 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. Pollinator recovery can occur through the creation and restoration of pollinator habitats across the country in public spaces along with educating communities of the importance of pollinators. Join us in supporting pollinators nationwide and do your part to help!
Multiple Benefits of Pollinator Habitat
Did you know that pollinator habitat does so much more than supporting pollinators. Here are just a few ways that native plants help increase the ecological resilience of communities:
- improves water quality by filtering stormwater and run off
- carbon sequestration
- reduce urban heat island effect
- low maintenance and water efficient
- beneficial to all types of wildlife