What is Bee Palooza?
To celebrate National Pollinator Week, starting in 2012, members of the MSU Department of Entomology have been hosting an annual Bee Palooza in the MSU Horticulture Gardens. For people of all ages, this is a free, fun and educational event organized by volunteers to provide an afternoon of interactive activities centered on understanding the wonderful world of pollinators. Stations are set up around the gardens and can be visited in any order. On display are demonstration honey bee and bumble bee colonies, examples of wild Michigan bees and how to build bee hotels, plants and gardening practices to support pollinators, as well as demonstrations about how we need pollinators in food production. Attendees can make clay seed bombs, go on guided pollinator tours, pet a bumble bee, learn about how bee bodies work, and have their face painted with a pollinator!