Grow with KARE: Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center opens

New bee center at the Arboretum

CHASKA, Minn. - The grand opening of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center on Sunday, Sept. 18 celebrates a new era in the history of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The center will serve as a hub for community outreach and education that is grounded in the world-renowned bee research of University of Minnesota Scientist Marla Spivak, Ph.D.
The 6,700 square-feet center houses technologically-advanced systems in the Learning Lab for classes, events and conferences combined with interactive displays designed for all ages. Located on the Arboretum’s 28-acre Farm Garden Campus, the center is next to the Arboretum’s iconic Red Barn.
The Interactive Exhibit Gallery features amazing macro-photography of flowers and pollinators, videos and hands-on experiences that offer insights into honey bees, wild bees, Monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
Interesting and engaging for visitors of all ages, the bee center offers amazing opportunities to engage with pollinators, understand their role in food crops and with flowers, how to nurture and create habitats for them,  and realize their challenges in today’s environment.
 The family-friendly highlights of the day include:
    An interactive pollinator guest book
    Photo areas to take pictures wearing bee-keeping garb and a bee beard
    Sample honey and beeswax in the Honey House
    Make tissue-paper flowers using seeds that can be planted to attract pollinators
    Live music and refreshments
    Guided tours of the beautiful pollinator gardens
    Magiscopes allow visitors to see insects magnified
    Author book signing with Rhonda Fleming-Hayes
    View live aviaries and ask questions of a Bee Squad beekeeper
    Engage with displays, watch videos and participate in hands-on demonstrations
The event runs from 1-4 p.m. The bee center is open only during those hours on Sept.18. Visitors will enter through the Arboretum gatehouse and park. Shuttles and trolleys will run throughout the event to bring visitors to the bee center and return them. The event is free with gate admission. No entry is allowed off  82nd Street.
For more information on upcoming events: http://arboretum.umn.edu/BeeAndPollinatorCenter.aspx
 


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