Pollinator Events

people looking at monarchsInternational Monarch Monitoring Blitz


Friday, July 24 - Sunday, August 2

Presented by Trinational Monarch Conservation Science Partnership

Join thousands of volunteers in Canada, Mexico and the United States to look for milkweed plants and search for monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises and butterflies. This information will provide a valuable snapshot for scientists working to better understand monarch populations across their range. In the context of COVID-19, with limited ability to do field work, researchers now need your observations more than ever. Participating in the monarch monitoring blitz  is easy!

Location: You are encouraged to report observations anywhere you are where there is milkweed, including your own backyard or garden.  No matter where you report from, your data will be useful in documenting monarch activity just prior to the migration season.

Audience Served: All ages

Cost: Free!

Registration: Register and submit your observations online.


butterfly logoecoEXPLORE Entomology Season

September 1 - November 30

Presented by The North Carolina Arboretum

ecoEXPLORE (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) is an incentive-based community-based science program for NC children in grades K-8.  This innovative statewide program combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment while encouraging children to explore the outdoors and participate in real life science initiatives. After signing up online, participants can...

*go outside in their own backyard or designated ecoEXPLORE "HotSpots" to find and document wildlife species

*take photographs, log into their ecoEXPLORE online profile, and share/submit their observations

*earn points for observations and redeem them for nature-themed prizes such as hand lenses, insect nets, field guides, binoculars, etc.

Participants may also participate in special seasonal challenges to earn badges in Botany, Entomology, Ornithology, etc. The Entomology Field Badge is available to earn every year from September 1 - November 30.

Location: Statewide and at ecoEXPLORE HotSpots 

Audience Served: NC children in grades K-8

Cost: Free!

Registration: Sign up online


bee on a flowerPollinator Day at Hendersonville Farmers Market

Saturday, September 12, 8:00 AM -1:00 PM

Presented by Hendersonville Farmers Market & Bee City USA - Hendersonville

It's Pollinator Day at Hendersonville Farmers Market! You’ll find the regular bountiful harvest from all the market vendors plus some special treats to celebrate pollinators (all those amazing creatures that visit flowering plants and help them reproduce). Pollination truly is responsible for the beauty and abundance of the plant world. What better way to spend the day than appreciating the people and pollinators working together to produce the splendid flowers and fruits that feed us in so many ways?!  Visit Hendersonville Bee City USA’s booth to pick up free packets of pollinator-friendly seeds (while supplies last) as well as tips for planting gardens to provide healthy habitats for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Kids are invited make their own pair of bee, butterfly or other pollinator antennae then set off on a scavenger hunt to find as many local foods produced with the help of pollinators as they can. Fun prizes will be awarded to all scavenger hunt foragers!  Plus, shop for a plethora of pollinator-attracting plants, local honey, eco-friendly gear, and other items to Bee Green, Bee Delicious, Bee Sustainable, and Bee Awesome! Proceeds from sales at the Bee City USA booth will benefit the "Bring the Hive Alive!" initiative to paint a bee mural on the exterior wall of Hands On! Children’s Museum in the heart of downtown Hendersonville.

Location: Historic Train Depot, 650 Maple Street, Hendersonville

Audience Served: All ages

Cost: Free!

Registration: None required


nc coop logoGardening for Pollinators in Western North Carolina: Online Resources from NC State


Presented by Henderson County Center, NC Cooperative Extension

Although restricted from having in person meetings, NC State researchers and agents are still providing research-based information. Steve Pettis, our local NC State Horticulture Agent, has put together a list of online NC State University pollinator insect resources. Butterflies, bees, and green lacewings are just a few of the insects that benefit humans. Using these web resources, you will learn how to identify pollinating insects in the landscape and vegetable garden. You will also learn which plants feed, shelter, and provide habitat for pollinating insects. Also, you will learn how to build a pollinator house! Pesticide use can harm beneficial insects so it is important to learn how to control bad insects with non-pesticide techniques.

Location: Online

Audience Served: Adults and kids

Cost: Free!

Registration: None required


gardens that matter logo

Gardens that Matter On-Demand Online Classes 


Presented by Gardens That Matter

Gardens That Matter serves over 3000 gardening families around the world, but is based right here in Hendersonville! Amy and Colby, along with their three young sons, aim to teach families how to create beautiful, bountiful gardens by sharing step-by-step lessons and stories from the field and backyard.  Through their blog and classes, they share both their successes and messes. To help get everyone out gardening this season, you can take one of their intro class for free when you use the code GROWJOY at checkout.  The "How to Grow a Pollinator Café" course will teach you how to make your yard a 5-star stop for pollinators and a colorful, life-filled place for people. Amy will cover all the essentials you need to create a garden bustling with hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.  You may also choose from other on-demand introductory gardening classes including: Start Your First Garden, The Happy Garden Guide to Composting, and Gardening with Kids.

Location: Online

Audience Served: Adults

Cost: Free!

Registration: Enter the code GROWJOY at checkout


bring the hive alive logoBring the Hive Alive! Downtown Bee Mural Initiative


Presented by Bee City USA – Hendersonville and Hands On! Children's Museum

Bee City USA - Hendersonville is thrilled to be partnering with Hands On! Children's Museum, local businesses, organizations, and community members to bring The Good of the Hive to paint a BEEautiful bee mural in the heart of downtown Hendersonville. As fundraising continues, the mural is currently scheduled to be painted on the exterior wall of the Hands On! building (in the Azalea Public Parking Lot), between N. Main Street and King Street, facing Third Ave. E. in the fall of 2020.  In addition to the many benefits provided by public art, the mural will help draw attention to the importance of pollinators and inspire actions to help sustain healthy ecosystems. Learn more or make a donation to support this community-wide effort at www.handsonwnc.org/hive.  Sweet donor rewards for crowdfunding contributions of $25 and up include: honey bee window cling, The Good of the Hive sticker, BeeKind sticker, jar of local honey, packet of pollinator-friendly seeds, AND coupons from B.B. Barns The Garden Company, Raymond’s Garden Center, and Spriggly’s Beescaping. Additional rewards are offered for donations of $50 or $100. Bee mural sponsorship opportunities starting at $250 are also available.
Questions: Please email beecityhendersonville@gmail.com or call the Museum at 828-697-8333, ext.223.

Location: Online and by mail. Donor reward packages will be sent by mail.

Audience Served: All ages

Cost: Online donations accepted at www.handsonwnc.org/hive. Checks made to “Hands On!” may be mailed to: Hands On! Children’s Museum, 318 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC  28792.


Thank you, Pollinator & Community Supporters!

person painting mural

With pollinators being so critical to sustaining healthy ecosystems and agricultural systems, it’s no surprise that local food/beverage businesses, farms, nurseries, garden clubs, educational organizations, and conservation groups are among the numerous sponsors of the initiative to bring The Good of the Hive  to paint a bee mural in the downtown Hendersonville.  We also wish to thank the businesses and organizations who have recognized the many aesthetic, cultural, economic, and social benefits this exceptional work of public art will bring to our community. During Pollinator Month and throughout the year, please join Bee City USA - Hendersonville and Hands On! Children's Museum in expressing appreciation to (and supporting) our “Bring the Hive Alive!” bee mural sponsors who have done so much for the good of all.