Publicizing pollinator projects help to increase awareness about declining pollinator populations and the important role of habitat restoration. There are a variety of ways that projects can be publicized, including project tours, press releases, featured projects on websites, and newsletter articles.
The information below summarizes outreach resources as well as pollinator initiatives being led by different organizations.
The following information summarizes outreach resources for promoting pollinator habitat including signage, press releases, and workshop examples.
Pollinator Habitat Signage
Pollinator gardens and plantings are likely to attract attention from neighbors and passersby. This can be an opportunity to educate and inform your community of the purpose of the pollinator habitat, and possibly spark interest in others to create their own.
Informative signage can identify a pollinator habitat. Different organizations offer signs for a fee, donation, free download, or you can customize your own. Some garden centers also offer signs for sale.
Here are a few options:
National Wildlife Federation: Garden for Wildlife
Pollinator Partnership: S.H.A.R.E. site sign
Stewardship Garden: pollinator signs to download
Xerces Society: Pollinator Habitat Sign
Press Release Examples
Instead of waiting for “news to get around”, a press release can provide instant exposure of your project to the public, agencies, and companies near and far. For home gardens, local newsletters or newspapers can inform your neighbors of your project.
Minnesota State Agency Pollinator Report 2017
“Solar Arrays Abuzz Thanks to New Pollinator-Friendly Vegetation Initiative.” Kelsey Misbrener. Solar Power World, May 1, 2017
The Minnesota Zoological Garden Prairie Butterfly Conservation Program Video
University of St. Thomas Pollinator Garden
Land managers, community planners, educators, landscape business and parks staff, urban gardeners, concerned citizens, and many others can benefit from workshops and summits that present current information and best practices around pollinator habitats and efforts.
City of Burnsville – Planting for Pollinators Workshop
Metro Blooms – Workshops & Events
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Pollinator Summit
Native Prairie Restoration and Pollinators – Scott Soil and Water Conservation District
Many organizations, agencies, and universities have extensive information about pollinator efforts and other forms of outreach. This is just a few of the many with pollinator initiatives.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Pollinator Promise
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center
Minnesota Zoo: Saving Prairie Butterflies
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Pollinator Outreach