A new exhibit at the Georgeson Botanical Garden highlights the role of pollinators: bees,
birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, moths, wasps and flies in our ecosystems and in our lives. The Midnight Sun Pollinators exhibit aims to introduce the public to the often overlooked world of pollinators and to engage people to seek out the creatures that play a critical role in our food systems and the environment in which we live.  The exhibit will be on display during the summers of 2022 – 2024.

The exhibit includes:
  • A kick-off event – Pollinator Day at the Garden on JULY 13, 2022.  Click here for more details
  • A newly installed pollinator-friendly garden bed in the children’s garden
  • 13 interpretive panels about pollination developed by the Smithsonian Institute
  • 10 artistic and informational panels showcasing entomologically accurate images of local pollinators
  • A scavenger hunt of pollinator insects throughout the garden.   Self-guided scavenger hunt/discovery brochures are free based on current availability at the entrance kiosk or download it here, print and bring it with you!
  • Citizen Science at the GBG.  You are encouraged to participate in the iNaturalist 2022 Midnight Sun Pollinator Challenge! Discover how to participate here

This exhibit could not have been possible without the generous support and contributions from the City of Fairbanks, College Rotary, Smithsonian Institution, Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District, Alaska Association of Conservation Districts, GVEA, UAF Museum of the North, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Exhibit Sponsorship Logos
Exhibit Logos

Pollinator Scavenger Hunt!

JULY 13, 2022, 12:00-2:30 PM

The scavenger hunt is available as a print out at the kiosk (during open season) or a downloadable pdf for printing here

iNaturalist, Midnight Sun Pollinator Challenge

Become a citizen scientist by scanning this black and white QR code and participating in the iNaturalist, Midnight Sun Pollinator Challenge. Or visit this site to join the challenge.

Midnight Sun Pollinators: Scavenger Hunt
This project was a collaboration between the Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District, the Alaska Association for Conservation Districts, the Georgeson Botanical Garden, and College Rotary. All artwork and entomological descriptions were provided by local artist Renee Nowicki. The scavenger hunt brochure is available at the kiosk near the entrance to the garden. Follow the directions in the brochure to explore the search for common pollinators, using the pollinator identification panels.
New Pollinator Garden Bed
The pollinator garden bed is located near the entrance to the Babula Children’s Garden, along the main walkway.
Setting out the newly designed pollinator display bed.
Late Summer Pollinator Bed
Pollinator display bed in full bloom
Pollinator Interpretive Walk
One of 13 interpretive panels about pollinators that were recently installed in the Garden. (photo by Diane R. Hunt)

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