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How you can give back to Madison’s pollinators this week and beyond

Also, check out some upcoming local pollinator events.

A monarch butterfly on a purple flower

Have you been to Butterflies in Bloom at Olbrich? | Photo by Europa Christoffel

It’s Pollinator Week and the DNR is reminding Wisconsinites to bee mindful of the creatures that help grow our flowers, fruits, and beyond.

In Madison, the City focuses on cultivating native plant species in public areas, which has earned us a Bee City USA title.

Join the effort

At home, there are plenty of things you can do—big and small—to help the cause:

Learn from the pros

Native Plants and Pollinators | Monday, June 24 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Fitchburg Library, 5530 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg | Free | Join UW Extension to learn about how to protect pollinators in your home garden.

Plants for Pollinators | Wednesday, July 10 | 7 p.m. | UW-Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy., Madison | Free | A Native Plant Garden curator will walk you through urban/suburban gardening practices that help essential pollinators.

All Aflutter for Butterflies | l Sunday, July 21 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | UW-Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy., Madison | Free | Families with elementary-aged children are invited for a day of exploring the arboretum and partaking in educational activities.