Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Upcoming: Pollinator Week!

PHOTO/courtesy Amy W. at  Grow Your Own (food)
National (and Georgia!) Pollinator Week is the third week in June; this year that is the week of June 16-22. UGA Extension in Cobb County will be celebrating pollinators in conjunction with Cobb Water and Cobb Parks with a "Monarchs and More" educators workshop and a "Pollinator Day" for the public at the Wildlife and Rain Garden.

The "Pollinator Day" event on Thursday, June 19, will include a bug hunt, butterfly craft, and information about protecting pollinators, planting a pollinator garden, and getting a garden certified as a Pollinator Habitat. This will be held at the Wildlife and Rain Garden, on the grounds of the Cobb County Water Quality Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, in Marietta,, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to this free event! For additional information, contact kaye.wilson@cobbcounty.org or call 770-528-2284.

The "Monarchs and More" educator workshop will take place Tuesday, June 17. This hands-on workshop -- focusing on butterfly life-cycles, systematics, ecology, conservation, and monarch migration -- for both formal and informal educators will be conducted at the Cobb County Water Quality Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, in Marietta, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Preregistration is required (kaye.wilson@cobbcounty.org or 770-528-2284), as is a $10 fee. Participants will receive the Monarchs and More curriculum guide and other resources. Registration deadline is June 6, and space is limited.

In addition, Cobb County's cable channel, TV 23, will be running a special butterfly program intermittently through the month of June, and, during Pollinator Week, free publications related to pollination and pollinators will be available on the wall-rack inside the lobby of the Cobb Extension office, at 678 South Cobb Drive in Marietta. Anyone who is unable to attend the events or stop by the office for pollinator information is welcome to call the Cobb Extension office (770-528-4070) to request information to be sent in the mail.