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Pollinator Palooza has Ford House All Abuzz
Posted: July 22, 2019

Things with wings are good for your garden, and you can find out why at Ford House’s Pollinator Palooza on Saturday, Aug. 3.
 
From noon to 4 p.m., the historic estate will be abuzz with hands-on family activities, live animal demonstrations and learning opportunities, celebrating the creatures that pollinate flowers, plants and crops—from butterflies and bees to ladybugs, bats and birds. 
 
Discover the world of pollinators at Ford House and learn more from local experts like Detroit Hives, Leslie Science & Nature Center, the Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s Outdoor Adventure Center, and the education team at Ford House. 
 
See live bats – a lesser known pollinator – in a demonstration by Leslie Science & Nature Center, and take a look inside a bee hive with Detroit Hives.
 
Make friends in the Ladybug Meet and Greet where you can observe and release these beneficial bugs.
Mingle with Michigan-native butterflies in Ford House’s own butterfly enclosure.
 
Talk with artists doing encaustic painting, a bee-autiful art style using melted beeswax.
 
Pollinator Palooza tickets are available online at fordhouse.org or by calling 313-884-4222. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 children, and free for children 2 and younger. Ford House members receive a discounted ticket price.
 
Through the annual Palooza, Ford House aims to engage and educate the community about the challenges facing local pollinator populations, and get you and your family excited about how you can support pollinators in your own backyard – all while having fun. Kids can bring their wings and dress like their favorite butterflies, bees, bats and birds, and enjoy face painting, learning stations and more.
 
“Pollinator Palooza is a great opportunity for kids to explore the many creatures that sustain our ecosystems,” Emily Weiss, Ford House education programs coordinator said. “The experience is a meaningful and worthwhile extension of the estate’s commitment to environmental stewardship.” 

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