Pollinator Palooza 2018-08-14T19:58:09+00:00

POLLINATOR PALOOZA, 2018
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, AUGUST 25–26, 10–4PM

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.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25
10am – 3pm

Live Caterpillar Show presented by the Caterpillar Lab
Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the fascinating world of caterpillars up close. The Live Caterpillar Show is included with the price of admission and visitors will learn about these insects often seen in passing, but rarely appreciated. This is the fifth year that Tower Hill has hosted Sam Jaffe – a naturalist, biologist, photographer, and educator – to share his Live Caterpillar Show at Tower Hill. Jaffe and his team of experts will bring with them caterpillars ranging in size – some small enough to fit on a fingertip and others larger than an adult’s finger – and color, from muted to brilliant. Jaffe, who operates the Caterpillar Lab in Keene, N.H., has an infectious enthusiasm for sharing his expertise and offers a rare chance to learn about the lives of these stunning creatures. Participants will learn more about New England’s plants and bugs, along with receiving a better understanding of the importance of biodiversity. But perhaps most important, is how much fun people of all generations can have together seeing these, sometimes bizarre, insects up close.       

10am–4pm

WCBA with Live Bee Demo Hive
The Worcester County Beekeepers Association will be present both days with a live bee demonstration hive.

Ask a Master Gardener
Do you have burning questions about your garden? Ask the experts at the Master Gardeners’ table.             

Mass Audubon
Broad Meadow Brook Conservation and Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, with more than 400 acres cooperatively managed or owned by Mass Audubon. They will have pollinator activities and information about pollination at Broad Meadow Brook.                           

Blossoms by Bees
Blossoms by Bees will present an education table with information about planting for pollinators.                    

Crafts
Families are welcome to express their creativity with a fun pollinator craft!

Exploration Station
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     

Honey Tasting
Don’t just learn about the importance of bees, taste it, too! Stop in to try a free sample of a variety of honey from our Garden Shop.

Alive in the Library
The Library will feature books on pollinators, activities for kids and families, and a live caterpillar exhibit.

Storybook Walk
Take a walk through our Inner Loop trail admiring nature while following along with a children’s story about mason bees.     

11:00am

Pollinator Parade
Dress as a caterpillar, butterfly, bee or moth for our family parade through the garden!

11:30am

Extraction Demo
The Worcester County Beekeepers Association will demonstrate their techniques for extracting honey from a live bee demonstration hive.  

11:30am – 12:30pm

Live Music by Cold Chocolate
Cold Chocolate is a groovy Americana band that fuses bluegrass, folk, and rock to create a sound all their own.  

12 – 1pm

100 Bugs! Author Reading and Activity
Kate Narita, author of 100 Bugs!, will read from her book and lead a fun, buggy activity for kids.
About the book: How many bugs can you count? From walking sticks to spittlebugs, dragonflies to katydids, discovering 10 bugs at a time, you just might see 100 bugs! Little explorers will learn 10 different ways to count to 10, using 10 different kinds of bugs, and get all the way to 100 by the end of their adventure. With Suzanne Kaufman’s bright, whimsical illustrations and Kate Narita’s clever rhyming text, 100 Bugs! is part look-and-find, part learning experience, and all kinds of fun.

1pm – 2pm

Encaustic Demo
Watch as artist Suzanne Hauerstein demonstrates one of the oldest forms of art; painting with beeswax.      

1pm – 3pm

Learn and Grow (Garden Experience)
Drop in to the Youth Garden to explore what’s growing, chat with a garden educator, and give us hands-on help tending to the gardens and harvesting for donations to a local food bank.
               

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Live Music by Olivia Frances
Cincinnati native and environmentalist, Olivia Frances is an award-winning singer-songwriter and musician with a sunny disposition. She placed 1st in the Singer-Songwriter Category at the New England Songwriting Competition     

2:30pm

Pollinator Parade
Dress as a caterpillar, butterfly, bee or moth for our family parade through the garden!

2pm

Garden Tour

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

10am – 3pm

Caterpillar Show
Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the fascinating world of caterpillars up close. The Live Caterpillar Show is included with the price of admission and visitors will learn about these insects often seen in passing, but rarely appreciated. This is the fifth year that Tower Hill has hosted Sam Jaffe – a naturalist, biologist, photographer, and educator – to share his Live Caterpillar Show at Tower Hill. Jaffe and his team of experts will bring with them caterpillars ranging in size – some small enough to fit on a fingertip and others larger than an adult’s finger – and color, from muted to brilliant. Jaffe, who operates the Caterpillar Lab in Keene, N.H., has an infectious enthusiasm for sharing his expertise and offers a rare chance to learn about the lives of these stunning creatures. Participants will learn more about New England’s plants and bugs, along with receiving a better understanding of the importance of biodiversity. But perhaps most important, is how much fun people of all generations can have together seeing these, sometimes bizarre, insects up close.                                  

10am–4pm

WCBA with Live Bee Demo Hive
The Worcester County Beekeepers Association will be present both days with a live bee demonstration hive.

Ask a Master Gardener
Do you have burning questions about your garden? Ask the experts at the Master Gardeners’ table.               

Mass Audubon
Broad Meadow Brook Conservation and Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, with more than 400 acres cooperatively managed or owned by Mass Audubon. They will have pollinator activities and information about pollination at Broad Meadow Brook.                           

Crafts
Families are welcome to express their creativity with a fun pollinator craft!

Exploration Station
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     

Honey Tasting
Don’t just learn about the importance of bees, taste it, too! Stop in to try a free sample of a variety of honey from our Garden Shop.

Alive in the Library
The Library will feature books on pollinators, activities for kids and families, and a live caterpillar exhibit.

Storybook Walk
Take a walk through our Inner Loop trail admiring nature while following along with a children’s story about mason bees.

11:00am

Pollinator Parade
Dress as a caterpillar, butterfly, bee or moth for our family parade through the garden!

11:30am – 12:30pm

Live Music by The Rafters
The Rafters are a folk-pop singer/songwriter duo of Miki and Dave Fitzgibbons. Miki’s compelling lead vocals and thoughtfully crafted lyrics are backed by Dave’s atmospheric guitar and vocal harmonies.

12 – 1pm

100 Bugs! Author Reading and Activity
Kate Narita, author of 100 Bugs!, will read from her book and lead a fun, buggy activity for kids.
About the book: How many bugs can you count? From walking sticks to spittlebugs, dragonflies to katydids, discovering 10 bugs at a time, you just might see 100 bugs! Little explorers will learn 10 different ways to count to 10, using 10 different kinds of bugs, and get all the way to 100 by the end of their adventure. With Suzanne Kaufman’s bright, whimsical illustrations and Kate Narita’s clever rhyming text, 100 Bugs! is part look-and-find, part learning experience, and all kinds of fun.

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Live Music by The Rafters
The Rafters are a folk-pop singer/songwriter duo of Miki and Dave Fitzgibbons. Miki’s compelling lead vocals and thoughtfully crafted lyrics are backed by Dave’s atmospheric guitar and vocal harmonies.

2pm

Garden Tour

2pm – 3pm

Extraction Demo
The Worcester County Beekeepers Association will demonstrate their techniques for extracting honey from a live bee demonstration hive.

2:30pm

Pollinator Parade
Dress as a caterpillar, butterfly, bee or moth for our family parade through the garden!