Exploring Pollinator Pathways

The University of St. Thomas Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) Arts and the St. Thomas Pollinator Path present Exploring Pollinator Pathways to celebrate pollinators and their habitat.  

Exploring Pollinator Pathways invites people of all ages to stop and observe pollinators closely, to learn about their relationships to flowers, and to ponder their value to society.  This project seeks to inspire wonder, joy, and appreciation for the diversity and value of pollinators in the Twin Cities and beyond. 

Download the Exploring Pollinator Pathways Activity Guide, a 34-page, illustrated activity guide, with ideas developed by students in General Biology Labs (BIOL 101) and Plants, Food, and Medicine (BIOL 315), and illustrated by SCP Artist-in-Residence Sarah Nelson.  Pollinator Bingo activities are featured below!  

Visit the St. Thomas Pollinator Path to learn more about pollinators!

Exploring Pollinator Pathways is the result of a multi-year partnership between the Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) and the St. Thomas Pollinator Path to enrich the ecological and educational value of the St. Thomas Pollinator Path and pollinator plantings throughout the Twin Cities area through course-based collaborations across disciplines.

For this project, students in Doreen Schroeder's General Biology Labs (BIOL 101) and Dr. Amy Verhoeven's Plants, Food, and Medicine (BIOL 315) applied their ecological knowledge to develop interactive activities to engage people of all ages to observe and identify pollinators and flowers - to bring this knowledge to life. 

Students develop activity guides

Biology students develop activity ideas as they learn about the structure of flowers.

Pollinator Pathways Exhibits

July 10 - September 30, 2019 at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization's Stormwater Learning Center

September 4 - December 20, 2019 at the University of St. Thomas Department of Art History Gallery

Exhibits included guided walks through the MWMO's pollinator plantings and the St.Thomas Pollinator Path, paired with the exhibit’s interactive, illustrated activity guides.  Kids and adults of all ages were invited into the wonder of pollinators!  All participants could bring home an illustrated activity guide to observe pollinators and their habitat in their own yards, neighborhoods, and beyond!

Activity guides

Pollinator plantings at the MWMO

Tri-colored Bumble Bee by Sarah Nelson

Wasp by Sarah Nelson

photo by doreen schroeder

Monarch Butterfly on Joe Pye Weed on the St. Thomas Pollinator Path. Photo by Doreen Schroeder.

For questions about SCP Arts, please contact Dr. Maria Dahmus, Director, Sustainable Communities Partnership.

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