This September marks the sixth year of Boulder’s Pollinator Appreciation Month, a time when our community reflects on the incalculable value of pollinators to our lives and wellbeing. As you bite into a juicy organic peach, harvest your last summer squashes and look forward to carving pumpkins in a few weeks, we can thank our bees for this bountiful harvest. As we’re surrounded by the beauty of fall wildflowers and the seed-laden plants throughout our spectacular open space lands, the 550 wild bee species, hummingbirds, moths, beetles, flies, wasps and other insects that move the pollen from plant to plant generate the seeds that blanket our earth with plants upon which all life depends. By protecting pollinators, we protect ourselves and future generations.
Planting native plants to provide food and shelter for pollinators also supports other wildlife and biodiversity, saves precious water, heals the soils and the land. Join the city and your neighbors as we rewild Boulder’s landscaping. Learn more about this project and share your thoughts by completing a short survey.
Here are some exciting events for the whole family!
Garden Party and Seed to Table Open House
When: Thursday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Native Plant Garden
What: Drop in for this celebration of our new Native Plant Demonstration Garden and get your hands dirty with the library's Seed to Table programs. Lots of activities will be going on including:
Learn about the Audubon of the Rockies Habitat Hero Garden program and how you can help native birds and pollinators in your own home garden!
Talk xeric native plant gardening with the designer of the new garden, Aaron Michael from Earth Love Gardens
- Chat with the Edible Learning Garden farmer from Community Food Share
- Stop in to the gallery to view "Love Letters to the Earth", and meet some of the artists and farmers involved in the project. Learn about food resiliency on the Front Range. Bring an offering of natural materials for the interactive pollinator altar.
- Participate in a native plant seed swap! Just bring your dried seeds- envelopes and labels provided for swapping!
Bee Boulder Festival
When: Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 1236 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302
What: Enjoy an exciting day filled with games, arts, crafts, and nature-based activities raising awareness about pollinators at the 7th Annual Bee Boulder Festival! This free event is for all ages! Get inspired to create positive action to support pollinators, biodiversity, and the environment. Connect with local organizations BBB Seed, BeeChicas, Boulder Public Library, Community Fruit Rescue, CU Museum of Natural History, CU Science Discovery, Garden To Table, Goss/Grove Neighborhood Assoc., Growing Gardens and Hive-Tech Solutions. Sing along with Jeff & Paige at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.!
One Book One Boulder
This year’s selection for One Book One Boulder is “All We Can Save” edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson, focusing on the climate crisis. This series aims to bring Boulder together through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.
The library will be offering a series of programs August-November to support community members in learning, reflecting, and taking action around the climate crisis. Programs will include both in-person and online offerings, including: book and panel discussions, workshops for children, teens and adults, performances and themed storytimes.