Celebrating Nebraska Pollinators

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Nebraska Public Media is partnering with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bee Lab for programming inspired by My Garden of a Thousand Bees, the 40th-season-premiere episode of Nature on PBS.

Join us across Nebraska for activities that celebrate Nebraska's pollinators and native plants, and learn about how you can help support this essential part of our ecosystem. Wildflower seed packets, family activity guides, & more will be available for FREE at all of these events.

Partner Events

Plants in the Plaza
Gering Civic Plaza
Friday, June 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. MT
FREE Outdoor Activities

Address: 1030 N St | Gering, NE 69341 (view map)

Join the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and friends for a picnic in Gering Civic Plaza to celebrate Nebraska Wildflower Week and their importance to our native pollinators.

  • Bring your own picnic or purchase a burger from Union Bar
  • Learn about Nebraska’s Wildflowers, native pollinators and honey bees
  • Educational booths and fun activities for children and adults


Wild Bees & Wildflowers
UNL Pollinator Garden & Outdoor Classroom
East Campus, Lincoln
Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT
FREE Outdoor Activities

Address: 47th and Holdrege, Lincoln, NE (view map)

Join the UNL Bee Lab and Nebraska Public Media for hands-on activities and demonstrations that go wild for wild bees and wildflowers! Drop by anytime to learn about our native pollinators and participate in kid-friendly craft activities.


Pollinator Party
Schramm Education Center in Gretna
Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT
FREE Outdoor Activities

Address: 21502 West Highway 31 | Gretna, NE 68028 (view map)

The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission hosts a family-friendly pollinator event with activities outside and in the Schramm Education Center Classroom:

  • See live honey bees, bumble bees and other live insects
  • Help survey the Schramm prairie for insects in a prairie pollinator bioblitz
  • Make pollinator crafts and play pollinator games
  • Learn and ask questions about both managed and wild bees
  • Extract and bottle your own honey and taste different types of honey
  • Meet a Nebraska Extension Master Gardener and Extension Entomologist to get your lawn and garden questions answered
  • Learn about rare butterflies in Nebraska and how you can volunteer to help with butterfly surveys
  • Make a milkweed seed ball to take home
  • And more!

This event is presented in partnership with the UNL Bee Lab, Nebraska Extension, the UNL Entomology Department and Nebraska Public Media. This event is taking place as part of a statewide celebration of Nebraska Pollinator Week and is free and open to the public.

Participation in the event is free, but regular admission costs will apply for any visitors wishing to explore the Education Center in addition to the event. Admission to the Education Center is $10 per adult, $7 per senior ages 60+, $7 per child ages 4-12 and free for youth 3 and under.

Additional Events

Libraries across Nebraska will also hold events focused on bees, native plants, and other pollinators.

May Events

Saturday, May 14
10 a.m. CT

Pender Community Center, Community Room
614 Main St. Suite #3, Pender, NE 68047

Presentations from master gardener Wanda Kelly & Mark Graf of Graf Bees, followed by story time & a craft for children.
Learn more

Saturday, May 14
2 p.m. MT

Chadron Public Library
507 Bordeaux St., Chadron, NE 69337

Learn about Nebraska wildflowers, pollinators, & garden planning with entomologist Dr. Mat Brust and botanist Steve Rolfsmeier from Chadron State College
Learn more

Sunday, May 15
1 p.m. MT

Chateau Theater
217 N. Tecumseh Ave., Wauneta, NE 69045

My Garden of a Thousand Bees screening presented by Wauneta Public Library & Palisade Public Library
Learn more

Monday, May 16
3:30 p.m. CT

Plainview Public Library
209 N. Pine St. #0728, Plainview, NE 68769

Story hour and building a bee hotel
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Tuesday, May 17
10:30 a.m. CT

Tilden Public Library Lied Auditorium
202 S Center St., Tilden, NE 68781

Butterflies, Bees and Blossoms Please with local gardener Georgia Wyatt
Learn more

Tuesday, May 17
3:30 p.m. CT

Exeter Public Library
202 S. Exeter Ave., Exeter, NE 68351

Afterschool Club LOL meeting on pollinators
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Tuesday, May 17
6 p.m. CT

Wayne Public Library
410 N. Pearl St. # A, Wayne, NE 68787

My Garden of a Thousand Bees screening & wildflower planting demonstration
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Tuesday, May 17
6:30 p.m. CT

Holdrege Area Public Library
604 East Ave., Holdrege, NE 68949

Betty Sayers, owner of Buzz Savories, LLC, will be talking about the importance of bees & pollination and sharing what she creates using their honey.
Learn more

Tuesday, May 17
6 p.m. MT

Chadron Public Library
507 Bordeaux St., Chadron, NE 69337

My Garden of a Thousand Bees screening
Learn more

Friday, May 20
Saturday, May 21

10 a.m. CT

Ravenna Public Library
324 Milan Ave., Ravenna, NE 68869

My Garden of a Thousand Bees screenings in honor of World Bee Day
Learn more

Friday, May 20
2 p.m. CT

Crete Public Library
1515 Forest Ave., Crete, NE 68333

Celebrate World Bee Day with a My Garden of a Thousand Bees screening plus a local honey tasting & planting wildflowers in the library park.
Learn more

Saturday, May 21
10 a.m. CT

Palisade Public Library
124 N. Main St., Palisade, NE 69040

Local beekeeper presentation on honey production
Learn more

Saturday, May 21
11 a.m. MT

Bridgeport Public Library
722 Main St., Bridgeport, NE 69336

My Garden of a Thousand Bees screening with honey-related snacks and drinks
Learn more

Monday, May 23
1 p.m. CT

Lied Pierce Public Library
207 W. Court St., Pierce, NE 68767

Children's story time featuring books about flowers & a planting activity
Learn more

Tuesday, May 24
7 p.m. CT

Beatrice Public Library
100 N. 16th St., Beatrice, NE 68310

Program by Nicole Stoner, Horticulture Extension Educator, and Tom Person, Beekeeper
Learn more

Tuesday, May 24
1:30 p.m. CT

Sutherland Public Library
900 Second St., Sutherland, NE 69165

My Garden of a Thousand Bees screening & planting demonstration
Learn more

Tuesday, May 24
6:30 p.m. CT

Bellevue Public Library
Zoom

My Garden of a Thousand Bees screening | Adult Services' Zoom meeting
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Wednesday, May 25
4:30 p.m. CT

Palisade Public Library
124 N Main St., Palisade, NE 69040

Children's story time featuring My Garden of a Thousand Bees
Learn more

June Events

Saturday, June 4
10 a.m. CT

Arapahoe Public Library
306 Nebraska Ave., Arapahoe, NE 68922

Children's story hour with Pollinator Take 'n' Makes.
Learn more

Saturday, June 4
10 a.m. CT

Willa Cather Memorial Prairie
Highway 281, 5 miles south of Red Cloud, NE

Guided prairie walk featuring Willa Cather readings. Held in conjunction with the 67th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference. All are welcome.
Learn more

Monday, June 6 through
Friday, June 10

Kearney Public Library
2020 First Ave., Kearney, NE 68847

Summer Reading program activities with seed packet distribution & book drawings
Learn more

Tuesday, June 7
1:30 p.m. CT

Crete Public Library
1515 Forest Ave., Crete, NE 68333

Program for children presented by Extension Educator Nicole Stoner. Learn about pollinators and build bee houses.
Learn more

Friday, June 10
1:30 p.m. CT

Crete Public Library
1515 Forest Ave., Crete, NE 68333

Program for children. Participate in a honey taste test and make seed balls to plant at the library park or at home.
Learn more

Saturday, June 11
9 a.m. CT

Doane University Campus
1014 Boswell Ave., Crete, NE 68333

Crete Public Library & Doane University present an on-campus BioBlitz
Learn more

Wednesday, June 15
10 a.m.. CT

Rock County Public Library
201 E Bertha St., Bassett, NE 68714

Pollinator walk co-hosted with Nebraska Game & Parks. Join us as we read books on pollinators, discuss the importance of pollinators, and then go on a nature walk!
Learn more

Friday, June 17
10:30 a.m. CT

North Bend Public Library
110 E. 13th St., North Bend, NE 68649

Summer Reading Program event focused on the Oceans Of Possibilities of our pollinator friends, with tips for how to help them thrive.
Learn more

Monday, June 20
6:45 p.m. MT

Midwest Theater
1707 Broadway, Scottsbluff, NE 69361

My Garden of a Thousand Bees screening & activities. Local experts will lead tour of downtown gardens & library. Before the film, a bug bingo/scavenger hunt will be shown at the theater with tips from experts on pollinator gardens.
Learn more

Wednesday, June 22
1:30 p.m. CT

Oakdale Community Center
308 Fifth St., Oakdale, NE 68761

Native plant workshop with a gardener
Learn more

Thursday, June 23
10:30 a.m. CT

Ashland Public Library
1324 Silver St., Ashland, NE 68003

Pollinator story time & children's craft activity
Learn more

Saturday, June 25
2 p.m. CT

Unadilla Park
Take the east exit to Unadilla off NE Highway 2

Community barbecue with pollinator & native plant information
Learn more

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About the Film

My Garden of a Thousand Bees follows wildlife filmmaker Martin Dohrn, who, locked down by coronavirus, turns his lenses on the surprising and spectacular bees living in his own urban garden in Bristol, England.

Watch My Garden of a Thousand Bees online for free now at pbs.org/Nature and the PBS Video app.

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Support for Nature: My Garden of a Thousand Bees was provided by The Hite Foundation, Bradley L. Goldberg Family Foundation and The Sun Hill Family Foundation in memory of Susan and Edwin Malloy. Series funding for Nature is also made possible in part by the Arnhold Family in memory of Henry and Clarisse Arnhold, The Fairweather Foundation, Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, Charles Rosenblum, Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Leonard and Norma Klorfine, Sandra Atlas Bass, Colin S. Edwards, Gregg Peters Monsees Foundation, Koo and Patricia Yuen, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by public television viewers