Richard Bong State Recreation Area participate in pollinator week. This annual celebration takes place June 20-26 and aims to raise awareness about pollinator health. The Bong Naturalist Association strives to connect people with the state’s only recreation area in Racine County. Through the celebration of Pollinator Week, they continue their efforts to promote the conservation, education, interpretive, and recreation goals of the Richard Bong State Recreation Area.
This group of volunteers has established a partnership with the park that helps nurture and explore these local natural resources. During Pollinator Week, the group hopes to do just that: celebrate and engage community members.
Want to see what Pollinator Week looks like at Richard Bong Recreation Area? Here are 3 ways to get involved:
Whether you’re an outdoorsman or someone looking to get in the water, you can never have enough knowledge. Pollinator Week is the perfect time to learn more about what are pollinators, who they helpand how we can protect them.
In addition to online resources, visiting the Richard Bong State Recreation Area is another way to get involved. By registering at the Molinaro Visitor Center and the Nature Explore class, you open yourself up to begin your adventures and improve your education. Brochures are available for information and staff members are able to help on Mondays and Wednesdays, as well as weekends.
2. Visit the park
The park is home to a wide variety of recreational opportunities. It is for people of all ages and abilities.
Melody Orban, a member of Bong’s Naturalist Association, shares, “A lot of people in Racine and Kenosha don’t realize what a ‘gem’ is practically in their backyard. We often think we have to get out of state for a vacation, but the Bong State Recreation Area has so much to offer! Camping is great, but day use is a great option. There are many hiking trails of varying lengths, picnic areas, special use areas for dog training, model rockets, astronomy events and the Earth Exploration Classroom. nature for children.”
It doesn’t matter if you’re someone who wants to ride ATVs, UTVs, or bikes, there’s a place for you. The park invites people to boat, canoe, kayak, camp, fish, hike, hunt, picnic, swim, and interact with Wisconsin’s ecosystems.
By visiting the park, you engage with the plants that create the unique character of this park.
You don’t know what you would like to do? There are a few specific events to attend for Pollinator Week, including the following:
- Reading in the shade and drinking lemonade
- June 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Bring your book and your lunch; they will have lemonade! Meet at “Gathering 2”, the benches and picnic tables behind the visitor center. Read your own book or use the center’s shared puppets and listen to “A Very Hungry Caterpillar”
- Pollinator watercolors
- Saturday June 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Paint in watercolor and create your own wildflowers and butterflies on a canvas of your choice. Start with step-by-step instructions, then create notecards and pictures of your own design! Supplies are included. The number of registrations is limited for adults and children aged 12 and over. Registration is mandatory. Call 262-878-5601 to register.
- Pollinator Celebration
- Sunday June 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Choose from a variety of pollinator activities at the Visitor Center including:
- Animated bee finger puppet activity
- Nectar Relay Race
- Make a seed paper bookmark
- Dissect a flower and discover its functions
- Observe a bee and discover its structure
- Plant parsley and learn about plant-based pollinators
- Take a guided walk through the butterfly gardens
3. Be social
In honor of this special week, socialize with the Bong Naturalists Association and Pollinator Week attendees. On social media, share photos and videos of your participation in Pollinator Week using the hashtag #PollinatorWeek.
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