Pollination Celebration at Pipestone National Monument  

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    Pipestone National Monument will be holding a Pollination Celebration on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, in celebration of Pollinator Week.

    Visitors will have opportunities to participate in educational activities, naturalist-led plant walks, citizen science programs, and more.

    Activities will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This event features beekeeping and honey harvesting demonstrations by Lakota youth entrepreneurs from Honey Lodge. The Honey Lodge Youth Enterprise is a program of Lakota Youth Development (LYD), a non-profit organization serving the Rosebud Indian Reservation in south central South Dakota. The program is run by youth from the Bear Horse Thunder Society and focuses on cultural tourism, beekeeping, medicinal herbs, and entrepreneurship.

    Minnesota and South Dakota Master Naturalists will lead pollinator plant walks along the trails during the mornings and afternoons. “Bee” sure to also catch a “Bee House Buzz,” chat with a park ranger and learn about the Minnesota Bee Atlas project and pollinators in parks.

    Kids can build their own butterflies and learn about monarch butterfly migration at the visitor center. An informational table will provide tips and tricks for planting pollinator gardens so you can support pollinators in your own backyard. You can also become a citizen scientist by using your smartphone and the iNaturalist app to take photos of plants and pollinators within the park and participating in the park’s Plant Pollinator BioBlitz.

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 507-825-5464 ext. 214 or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/pipe. 

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