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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. 


Outreach Resources

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

Workshop Examples

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

Pollinator Initiatives


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

Pollinator Friendly Alliance

Pollinate Minnesota

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Pollinator Outreach

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation


Dan Shaw
Senior Ecologist/Vegetation Specialist