Things are buzzing at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House this summer with Pollinator Palooza, a first-time family event that explores pollinators of all kinds.

This event will feature many opportunities for guests to learn through hands-on activities and presentations by experts in the field on the many ways pollinators are important and how to protect them. Pollinator Palooza will take place on Saturday, August 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

At this new event, guests can mingle with butterflies in the butterfly house, learn about what makes bees buzz, check out three different species of live bats, learn about gardening for hummingbirds and enjoy a stroll around the Ford House grounds to see the many wildflowers and pollinators in action. There will also be many fun, hands-on learning activities for the whole family, including making a bee hotel, seed bomb and paper pot seedling to attract pollinators.

“With the decline of monarch and bee populations, it is increasingly important to learn about pollinators, how vital they are, and what can be done on an individual level to help protect them,” says Gretchen Abrams, education programs coordinator at Ford House. “This event is also a great way for nature lovers of all ages to get outside, explore this beautiful natural habitat at the Ford House and hear from some of our area’s top experts in the field”.

Scheduled presenters include Wild Birds Unlimited – Grosse Pointe Woods, the Organization for Bat Conservation, the Clinton River Watershed Counsel, Green Toe Gardens and Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library.

Pollinator Palooza Schedule
10:15 a.m. – Monarch Habitat Talk on monarch migration and protection, Clinton River Watershed Talk on protecting the watershed
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Basically Bats live animal presentation by Organization for Bat Conservation
Noon – Gardening for Hummingbirds Presentation by Rosann Kovalcik of Wild Birds Unlimited – Grosse Pointe Woods

Ongoing activities include a live bee hive and honey tasting from the beekeepers at Green Toe Gardens, docent led butterfly house tours, arts and crafts, hands-on activities and more.

Pollinator Palooza takes place on Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event is rain or shine. Tickets are $12 non-members, $10 members, children 2 and under are free.

Tickets are available in advance at Click here!