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Happy National Pollinator Week: 6/17-23

June 12, 2013


What better time to think about the birds and bees—literally—than National Pollinator Week? From June 17-23, the California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers and San Francisco Botanical Garden have planned a series of events for families and adults to highlight the important birds, bees, butterflies, and other creatures that help plants reproduce.

Here at the Academy, don’t miss:
Pollinator Power
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 17, 19, and 21 at 1:30 pm

Join us atop the Academy’s living roof to explore the fascinating lives of pollinators including birds, bats and bees. As these animals buzz, swoop and fly through the air, they are helping to keep California one of the most diverse places on earth. At the Academy, researchers and gardeners work to maintain a living roof of entirely native plants—come find out how this helps keep habitats healthy! Free with Academy admission.

Birds & Bees NightLife (ages 21+)
Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 6 to 10 pm
Music by DJ Eric Sharp

In the mood for some cross-pollination? In honor of National Pollinator Week, learn about the all-important birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators that allow plants to reproduce from the experts at the California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, and San Francisco Botanical Gardens. Plus, explore the science of hooking up with the Bold Italic, dating site Swoon, Planned Parenthood, and other local enterprises who help make “people pollination” possible. Tickets are $12 ($10 for Academy members). Ages 21+ only.

Chat with an Academy Scientist: Botanist Tom Daniel
Saturday, June 22 at 2 pm
Meet Academy Curator of Botany Tom Daniel who will share intriguing tales of how plants use the power of attraction on animals. From the tops of mountains to the bottom of the oceans, and in high-tech laboratories at the Academy, the explorers featured in Chat with an Academy Scientist see the world, discover new life and help explain Earth’s amazing story. Join them for a glimpse at their fascinating work, and hear their exciting stories first-hand. Free with Academy admission.

Discovery Nature Walk
Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23 at 2:30 pm

Join us for a 30-minute nature walk, exploring gardens and groves that surround the Academy. Learn about the importance of native plants and trees and how they support animals and pollinators in Golden Gate Park, a unique and unusual ecosystem. Free with Academy admission.

Elsewhere in Golden Gate Park:
On June 22, check out What’s the Buzz? at the Conservatory of Flowers and a Honey Tasting & Pollinators Tour at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

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