Pollinator Habitat Tour
Pollinators provide essential ecological services that benefit humans, plants, and animals. On this FUN and educational tour we’ll visit Woodland Dunes, Van der Brohe Arboretum, and a farm near Kellnersville with 7.6 acres of pollinator habitat in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and enjoy a 3-course meal from Cafe Harmony at each stop.
Explore the sites, sample foods from Cafe Harmony featuring ingredients that rely on pollination, and learn from experts how to grow and manage small, residential gardens & large-scale habitat that support pollinators. Each participant will receive native plant guides, native wildflower seeds, and information about local organizations offering technical and financial assistance. Plus, we’ll have plenty of prizes to win on the bus ride.
This event is made possible by: Manitowoc County Soil and Water Conservation Department, Woodland Dunes, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, US Fish and Wildlife, NRCS, Van der Brohe Arboretum, Harmony Cafe, and participating Family Farm.
Cost is $15.00
What to Expect:
Start at Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve
5:00-5:30pm Registration, Social and “Grazing Blossom Board” from Cafe Harmony featuring ingredients that rely on pollination
5:30pm Program Begins with a short welcome and presentation from Jim Knickelbine, Woodland Dunes Director and Kennedy Zittel, Assistant Naturalist, then we’ll take a short drive to the Henry Property restoration area to learn more about the project and Rusty Patch Bumble Bee.
6:20pm Board the Bus and Drive to our next location. Hear from US Fish & Wildlife about resources they have available & Win Prizes along the way! Pass Out 2nd Course from Cafe Harmony: ‘Pollinator Salad with Focaccia, and Rhubarb Honey Juice”
6:35 – 7:15pm Farm Near Kellnersville with 7.6 acres of pollinator habitat. Learn about this habitat and what to expect when restoring your own from Matt Rattaczak, Manitowoc County Director NRCS, and experienced landowners.
7:15pm Board Bus and Drive to third Location. Small-Scale Gardens. Simple steps to starting your own small pollinator home garden.
7:30 – 8:15pm Van der Brohe Arboretum. “Berry Sweet Shortcake” dessert from Cafe Harmony, Hear about the Arboretum and pollinator meadow, explore.
8:15pm Board Bus and Head Back to Woodland Dunes. Win prizes along the way!
*** Make sure to BYOBB (Bring Your Own Binoculars and Bug Spray), wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes that could get a little dirty and dress for the weather. ***