The Big Apple Celebrates National Pollinator Month

by Catie Brown

The city is buzzing with parties and events so get ready because this June we are celebrating National Pollinator Month! If you find yourself in the Big Apple this summer, these eco-events are family friendly ways to celebrate the 450 different species of pollinators that keep this city alive and green.

June 1st – June Monthly Clean Up in Washington Square Park (8:45 am to 11: 00 am) – For the early birds out there, check out the June Monthly Clean Up. For people aged 14 and up, put on your gardening clothes and take part in the planting, weeding, litter pick-up, raking, and more that keeps the park clean and welcoming for pollinators and people alike. RSVP is required and can be done with a simple email to

June 1st – Pollinators, Perennials and Their Care in the Bronx (9:30 am to 12:00 pm) – If you are more of a late starter then check out the Pollinators, Perennials and Their Care at the Rainbow Block Association Garden in the Bronx! A joint collaboration between the Friends of the High Line and GreenThumb, the workshop will feature information on the 15 species of perennials the garden hosts and how to care for them, as well as their importance to our ecosystem. You will also leave with different seedlings to plant in your own community gardens! A snack will be provided right at the beginning and Spanish translation is also available. Oh, and did I mention it is free? RSVP here to reserve a spot.

June 1st – Kids Planting Day in Washington Square Park (11:30 am to 1:00 pm) – The events just keep coming. June 1st is also one of the two Kids Planting Days for this month! Bring the kids to Washington Square Park and get to planting from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Big Playground. Check out the event here if you’re interested!

June 5thPollinator Party in Washington Square Park (3:30 pm to 5:30 pm) – Head back to Washington Square Park later in the week to join Miss Debbie and the Honeybee Conservancy in the Children’s Corner of the park. Family-friendly activities are planned for the two hours to learn all about the importance of bees in our city! Check out all the details here.

June 6th – Kids Planting Day (3:30 pm to 5:00 pm) – I told you there were two! Come back to Washington Square Park today and meet at the Big Playground to plant some flowers in the park. Check out the event here!

June 15 and 16 – Pollinator Weekend at Wave Hill in the Bronx– It’s the perfect time for a weekend adventure to Wave Hill! This collection of events features a variety of garden workshops where you can learn to build bee homes, design pollinator habitats, take pollination tours, and make crafts with the family! Check out the details of the event here.

June 18th to 22nd – Glen Cove’s Pollinator Week Film Series Each day at 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm, Garvies Point Museum will be showing a different movie to celebrate pollinators with children of all ages. While it is not technically in the city, this event is a one-hour drive away and is perfect if you need a little New York getaway trip! The film schedule can be found here and tickets range from free to $4 depending on age.

June 19th to 26th is National Pollinator Week! Check out the parks, pollination habitats, and botanical gardens across New York City. Pay a visit to the community garden in your neighborhood and don’t forget to water your plants! Snap a photo of a beautiful butterfly or honeybee and tag us @eco18dotcom on Instagram so we can join in the fun!

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