August Aflutter 2018-08-14T13:17:22+00:00

AUGUST AFLUTTER
AUGUST 1– AUGUST 31, 2018

Whether you’re a busy bee or a hungry caterpillar, spread your wings at August Aflutter. Tower Hill is celebrating pollinators and the plants they depend on with activities, exhibits, events, workshops, and more. From pollinator hotels to the live caterpillar exhibit, there is so much to enjoy throughout the month of August.

POLLINATOR POWERHOUSE TOURS
Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm
Discover Tower Hill’s pollinator friendly plants and habitats and learn tips and tricks for encouraging pollinators at home.

DROP-IN ACTIVITIES
Discovery Backpacks:
 Borrow a discovery backpack filled with exciting activities and tools for exploring the gardens and grounds together. Included with admission and available at the Information Desk on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Exploration Stations: Families can keep an eye out for our pop-up Exploration Stations. Children can “Be a Botanist” or “Junior Gardener,” learning about how plants grow and what it takes to be a plant scientist

ADULT PROGRAMS
Caterpillar Hunt
Thursday, August 16, 5pm – 6:30pm
Member $10, Non-Member $20

Butterfly Walk
Saturday, August 18, 10am – 12pm
Member $5, Non-Member $20

Pollinator Activity on Native Shrub Cultivars
Saturday, August 18, 1pm – 2pm
Included with Admission

Caterpillars: The Whole Story
Thursday, August 23, 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Member $5, Non-Member $20

CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILY PROGRAMS
Creatures of the Night: Mothing at Tower Hill (Ages 6 & up)
Thursday, August 2, 8:30pm – 10pm
Member $5 per adult, $3 per child
Non-Member $10 per adult, $8 per child

Family Caterpillar Hunt (Ages 6& up)
Thursday, August 9, 5:30pm 0 6:30pm
Member $5 per adult, $3 per child
Non-Member $10 per adult, $8 per child

How Does Your Garden Grow: Pollinators (Ages 5 – 7)
Saturday, August 18, 10:30am – 11:30am
Member $5 per child, Non-member $10 per child

EVENT
Pollinator Palooza
Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26, 10am – 4pm
Included with admission
Join us for this bananas bonanza celebrating pollinators of all kinds. Come dressed as your favorite pollinator, join the parade, sample local honey, enjoy activities and live music, and find out how to protect our native pollinators.

EXHBITIS
Native Bees by Sam Droege

July 17 – September 16 / Alice Milton Gallery
Sam Droege of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center works on a monitoring program for native bees and identification guides for North American bees. His close-up photographs of bees show these essential insects as you’ve never seen them before.

Beyond Bees by Sam Jaffe
July 17 – September 16 / Reception Gallery
Sam Jaffe of the Caterpillar Lab exhibits his stunning caterpillar photography, providing a look at New England’s native caterpillars and capturing their unusual role in the pollination game

Alive in the Library
August / Tower Hill Library
The Library is alive in August. It will feature books on pollinators, activities for kids and families, and a live caterpillar exhibit.

FARMER AND THE FORK
Pollinator Farm to Table Communal Dinner
Friday, August 24, 6:00 – 9:00pm.  Registration deadline is August 20th.

Join Peppers Artful Events and Tower Hill Botanic Garden for a special farm to table communal dinner. Featuring locally farm sourced produce that has been pollinated by bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinators who play an instrumental role in ensuring full harvests, a healthy ecosystem and help reproduce just about every fruit, nut, berry, and vegetable that we eat. This event kicks of Pollinator Palooza weekend at Tower Hill.
Special guest speaker:  Ken Warchol, Program Director, Worcester County Bee Association.

Click here to reserve and view more information.

RESOURCES
Pollinator Conservation
Monarch Conservation
Pollinator Plants, NorthEast Region
Bumble ID Guide
Bumble Bee Conservation
Farming for Pollinators
NeoNics in your Garden
Nests for Native Bees
Pollinator Brochure in Spanish
Tunnel Nests for Native Bees
Pollinator Wall at Tower Hill
Pollinator Self-Guided Tour
Pollination Handout
Plant Reproduction Handout


Please note that Tower Hill’s parking capacity is limited. Carpooling is always encouraged especially on high volume days. To find out more about our plans to expand our parking, please click here.

Bee image @Sam Droege