Pollinatarium continues to evolve

As one visitor remarked, the Pollinatarium has continued to evolve. For the first time, we were on the 2015 CU Garden Walk for sustainable gardening. We made cedar planting boxes for the south side of the building, where we can’t dig because of the buried power lines. We also put a hexagonal flowerbed box under read more »

Thousands get up close and personal with pollinators

The UI Pollinatarium, the discovery/science center dedicated to raising pollinator awareness, is the ultimate in repurposing; the building at the south end of the UI Arboretum was originally constructed as a pesticide storage shed, spent over a decade as Gene Robinson’s Bee Research Facility, and in 2009 was converted into a facility for science outreach read more »

National Pollinator Week 2014

In 2007, National Pollinator Week was officially declared by the U.S. Senate in order to recognize the importance of pollinators to ecosystem health and agriculture and to support efforts to increase awareness about pollinators. Here’s how Urbana-Champaign celebrated with the rest of the nation in 2014… Week Long Events June 16-June 22 Pollinator Food Guides read more »

Over 2700 visitors in 2012!

In 2012, over 2700 people came to visit. In their numbers were students in every second grade class in Champaign, home schoolers, Urbana school district fourth graders, Parkland College classes, visiting beekeepers, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, passers-by, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, an agricultural tour group from Montana, and a few bee biology celebrities. We’re now read more »

Celebrity bee biologist visitors

Celebrity bee biologist visitors have included Nathan Schiff (USDA Forest Service), Walter “Steve” Sheppard (Washington State University), Hachiro Shimanuki (USDA retired), and Peter Kevan (University of Guelph).  

Champaign classes visit

We’re off to a great start! Every second grade class in the Champaign school district visited the Pollinatarium during the Fall 2009 semester.

National Pollinator Week 2009

National Pollinator Week in Champaign-Urbana is June 22-28, 2009 and includes Pollinator Discovery Day at the Pollinatarium on Sunday, June 28, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. In addition to the current displays, there will be games, crafts, a bee hive and a pollinator-themed magic show. The day will also feature workshops on insect photography and on becoming read more »

We’re officially open to the Public!

The Pollinatarium has officially opened to the public! It is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. Why do plants and pollinators merit such special attention? The ecological interaction between pollinators and plants is vitally important because most terrestrial life on Earth depends in one way or read more »

Thank you!

We are exceptionally fortunate that developer Peter Fox has taken an interest in this project and has made an extraordinary effort to bring it to fruition. He arranged for an architect to draw up plans for the renovation, for local businesses to donate HVAC, plumbing, and electric work, and for a Boy Scout Troop to read more »

The Pollinatarium begins!

The level of knowledge about pollination in the general public is surprisingly low, despite its importance as an ecosystem service maintaining the vast diversity of flowering plants.  The UI Pollinatarium is dedicated to all creatures 2- , 4- , or 6- legged that assist flowering plants in meeting their reproductive needs. Our hope is that read more »