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Outreach at 2012 Arbor Day and Earth Day Celebration

Skits and information about what animals are pollinators, how pollination works, and what foods are dependent on pollinators.

“Hey, I need to have more than bread for lunch!  I’m hungry!”  cried Fiona as she looked longingly at Bianca’s full meal of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, carrots, apple and fruit juice.  “Too bad, you said you didn’t need pollinators for your food!” said Bianca smugly, and bit into the sandwich.

Fiona and Bianca are characters in a series of skits developed by Kerry Lynott and Bernardo Niño to teach elementary school children about the importance of pollinators to agriculture and the environment, as part of the outreach program spearheaded by Penn State’s newly formed Center for Pollinator Research.  During the 2010 Arbor Day and Earth Day celebration at Penn State’s Arboretum, Fiona and Bianca taught groups of students from the State College area about pollinators.  The skits included information about what animals are pollinators – bees, flies, beetles, hummingbirds, even bats - how pollination works, and what foods are dependent on pollinators.

For more information about the Center’s outreach activities, please contact Bernardo Niño (bdn13@psu.edu), or Harland Patch (hmpatch@psu.edu).  For more information about the Arboretum at Penn State, please see  http://www.arboretum.psu.edu/.  For photos from the Pollinator Gardens, please see  http://ento.psu.edu/pollinators/image-galleries/Pollinators2