K-State Research & Extension will host the family-friendly Wonders of Discovery event at the Pollinator Prairie Gardens (320 S Blake St., Olathe, Kansas) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Friday, June 21, in conjunction with National Pollinator Week. People of all ages are invited to learn about pollinator species through fun activities, including a caterpillar petting zoo, bat exhibit, birds of prey exhibit, arts and crafts, and much more. The event is free and open to the public.
The Pollinator Prairie, maintained by the Extension Master Naturalists, display a natural ecological habitat and serve as a public education tool. The habitat consists mostly of native plants that provide sources of food, shelter and safe breeding areas for pollinators such as bees, birds and butterflies. In the four garden beds and four native grass beds, visitors can see what a typical prairie might look like and learn ways to incorporate native plants into a landscape design for home or office.
National Pollinator Week, founded and managed by the national group Pollinator Partnership which also provides year-round support for Pollinator Prairie, offers an opportunity to learn about the importance of pollinators and the ways we can support them.
For more information, please contact the K-State Extension Office at 913-715-7000.