Category Archives: Visitors

Native Plant Festival at Parkland

Pollinatarium CLOSED May 4th. Come and join me at the Native Plant Festival at Parkland Saturday, May 4th from 9:00am to 3:00 pm. Hope to see you there. Lesley

Story Time Saturday 2PM

Come and join me for Insect Tales or is it tails?

Happy New Year! Come and Visit!

We will be open Saturdays 1:30 to 4:30 unless posted otherwise.For appointments during the week please email me at

Pollinatarium Bee-zaar!

Thank you for supporting the Pollinatarium Bee-zaar! We had a great turnout for our first ever Pollinatarium Bee-zaar! Thank you to everyone who came to support the Pollinatarium, and thank you to the Entomology Graduate Students for hosting the event and donating their time and energy to help set up, run, and take down the read more »

Pollinatarium continues to evolve

As one visitor remarked, the Pollinatarium has continued to evolve. For the first time, we were on the 2015 CU Garden Walk for sustainable gardening. We made cedar planting boxes for the south side of the building, where we can’t dig because of the buried power lines. We also put a hexagonal flowerbed box under read more »

Thousands get up close and personal with pollinators

The UI Pollinatarium, the discovery/science center dedicated to raising pollinator awareness, is the ultimate in repurposing; the building at the south end of the UI Arboretum was originally constructed as a pesticide storage shed, spent over a decade as Gene Robinson’s Bee Research Facility, and in 2009 was converted into a facility for science outreach read more »

Over 2700 visitors in 2012!

In 2012, over 2700 people came to visit. In their numbers were students in every second grade class in Champaign, home schoolers, Urbana school district fourth graders, Parkland College classes, visiting beekeepers, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, passers-by, Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, an agricultural tour group from Montana, and a few bee biology celebrities. We’re now read more »

Celebrity bee biologist visitors

Celebrity bee biologist visitors have included Nathan Schiff (USDA Forest Service), Walter “Steve” Sheppard (Washington State University), Hachiro Shimanuki (USDA retired), and Peter Kevan (University of Guelph).  

Champaign classes visit

We’re off to a great start! Every second grade class in the Champaign school district visited the Pollinatarium during the Fall 2009 semester.