Pollinator Week

Banner photo of a honey bee pollinating a flower

National Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. It is a time to raise awareness for pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. In support of National Pollinator Week and the Mayors Monarch Pledge, the Flagstaff Sustainability Office is hosting a series of events and opportunities for individuals to get involved in their communities. This year, National Pollinator Week will run from June 19th through June 25th. Learn more about what we are doing this month to support pollinators below!

Exploring Pollinators 2023 Art Contest Winners!

Thank you to all of the amazing community members who submitted art for the 2023 Exploring Pollinators Art Contest. Here are the amazing contest winners from this year:

  • Frances Sablan, "No Pollinators - No Fruit"
  • Ember Prieb, "Butterflies and Rainbow"
  • Aria Doughty, "Starry Night"
  • Aly McCauslin, "Desert Beauty"
  • Sara La Rosa, "Wanderer"
  • Lilly Whitfield, "The Pollinator Garden"
  • Leila Basler, "Rainbow Butterfly"
  • Shane Anderson, "Desert Bat"
  • Audrey Dugi, "Fluttering Pollinators"

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"Wanderer" by Sara LaRosa

Note: The winners are not listed in a particular order and do not reflect placement.

We invite you to see all of the pollinator art pieces at the Downtown Public Library, located at 300 W, Aspen Ave. The art display will be up through the end of August 2023. Use the link below to view the digital display book of all of the wonderful art submissions! 

2023 Exploring Pollinators Art Contest Entry Display Book

(Previous) 2023 Events and Activities

Pollinator Art Lab

Join us at the Flagstaff Downtown Public Library (300 W Aspen Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001) at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, June 6th to make art for the Exploring Pollinators Art Contest! Ages 3 and up. Art supplies will be provided, all you need to bring is your creativity! This is a great opportunity to start an art submission to the Exploring Pollinators Art Contest or to just have fun and learn about pollinators in a creative way. 

For more details, visit the Flagstaff Public Library Event Calendar.

Pollinator Fest at the Arboretum

Come to the Flagstaff Arboretum (4001 S Woody Mountain Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86005) to kick-off pollinator week and celebrate Father's Day on Sunday, June 18th from 10 am to 2 pm. All ages. The event will feature educational talks on pollinators, food, kids activities, a plant sale, a pollinator art display, and fun for everyone! 

For more details, visit the Arboretum Event Page.

Virtual Pollinator Party

Pollinator Partnership is collaborating with EPRI to co-host the virtual Pollinator Power Party 2023 on Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 25. Now in its fourth year, the party continues to grow with a bigger line-up of speakers, conservation and education partners, and exciting in-person and virtual opportunities to support our planet’s pollinators. Registration is free! For more details and registration, visit the Pollinator Party Event Page.

"Bee" a Pollinator Pal

Learn to "bee" a pollinator pal, tour local garden spaces, and build a pollinator water station using upcycled materials at the Flagstaff Sustainability Office (419 N Mogollon St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001) on June 21st from 1:30 pm to 3 pm. Ages 8-12. Please bring sun protection and drinking water.

For more details, visit the Flagstaff Public Library Event Calendar.



Planting Guides

Want a hand coming up with ideas? This is the perfect time to enhance your garden or landscaping for monarchs! This guide provides regional plant recommendations, information, and best management practices on planning, preparing and maintaining your pollinator habitat. 

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Identification Guides

Not all pollinators are made the same! Look through these resources to correctly identify which commonly found pollinators might be visiting you.

Pollinator-Friendly Cookbook

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The impacts of pollinators are rarely acknowledged when we think about the food we eat. More than 200,00 species of pollinators are critical to the stability of our food supply. Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat! Use this cookbook to create pollinator-inspired creations based on the work they do.

In your search for ingredients, we encourage you to support local area producers if possible!

You can find the cookbook here.

Pollinator Educational Materials

There are so many things to learn about pollinators! You can find lesson plans and other resources on pollinator education here.

Pollinator Packets

 A small action that goes a long way to protect pollinators is planting more of the milkweed and nectar producing plants they need! We are giving away free "Pollinator Packets" full of seeds for local pollinator-friendly plants to community members interested in growing flowers for pollinators. 

Email natalie.pierson@flagstaffaz.gov if you are interested or have any questions. 
Visual display of the pollinator-plant-friendly seeds included in the pollinator seed mix.
Graphic listing actions on how to protect pollinators