Learn more about pollinators and how you can help!

If you use these links (and especially if you build a home for a pollinator!) tell us about it by using #PalyNatureHero on any social media app!


Plant A Pollinator Garden

Here are ideas for planting a pollinator garden to feed pollinators and create “nectar trails.” 

National Wildlife Federation – Certified Wildlife Habitat

National Pollinator Garden Network – Million Pollinator Garden ChallengeUnited for Wildlife

Monarch Watch – Monarch Waystation Program

Here’s a guide just for schools!  “Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide”

Creating a Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard

Provide Homes For Pollinators

Ideas on creating homes for pollinators – don’t forget to search the internet for more ideas!  

Not handy?  Buy pre-cut kits or even completed houses.

Native Bees

Some native bees burrow into the ground for winter protection or burrow and lay eggs in the “dead ends” of branches.

5 Ways to Increase Nesting Habitat for Native Bees

Build your own Native Bee House – easy!


Attract hummingbirds to your yard by providing food sources, perching and nesting areas.  Dirty feeders hurt birds! So make the commitment to keeping clean feeders or simply plant native flowers hummingbirds love. 

Tips here:


Bat Houses

Bats not only pollinate flowers, they also eat thousands of insects, including mosquitos!  Providing homes for bats can help keep pesky insects in check.

Build a bat house:


How to select and hang a bat house:


 Read how fear of bats affects conservation:


 To learn more about bats visit Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation:


Butterfly Houses

Butterflies need shelter too!  Here are plans for a house:


Already a gardener? 

Use these tips to help expand your skills and help pollinators:


Plant lists by state for planting pollinator-friendly plants:


More About Dr. Winifred Frick and Dr. Rodrigo Medellin

Dr. Frick

Learn more about Dr. Frick and her work here:


You can symbolically adopt a bat!  You get a plush bat toy and certificate, while your money goes toward bat conservation.


Get tips for attracting bats and plans for building a bat house:


Dr. Medellin

Learn more about Dr. Medellin and his work here:


Check out his YouTube channel for great videos on bats and his work.


Celebrate National Pollinator Week!

Click here for activities, videos, and curriculum ideas.


Join A Citizen Science Project!

The Xerces Society (promoting invertebrate/insect conservation) offers many exciting projects:


Join projects on Monarch butterflies:


Help find and identify native bees:


List Of Threatened Or Endangered Pollinators

More than 72 pollinating species were listed as “threatened or endangered” by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  View the list here:


The Food List

Can you guess all the foods and products that are shown on the food collage (first panel)?


See if you are correct by comparing your guesses against this list:

Row 1:  Alfalfa (for dairy and meat), Agave, Almonds, Allspice, Apples, Anise, Apricots, Asparagus, Avocado, Beans, Beets, Blackberries/Boysenberries, Blueberries, Bok Choy, Brazil Nuts, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Buckwheat, Cabbage, Cacao (Chocolate), Cactus (dragon fruit), Canola Oil, Cantaloupe, Caraway, Cardamom, Carrots

Row 2: Cashews, Cauliflower, Celery, Cherries, Chestnuts, Chives, Cilantro/coriander, Clover, Coconut, Coffee, Cola Nut, Cotton (for clothing and textiles), Cranberries, Cucumber, Currants, Durian, Eggplant, Elderberries, Fennel, Figs, Flax, Garlic, Grapes, Grapefruit, Guava, Hazelnuts

Row 3: Honey, Horseradish, Jackfruit, Kale, Kiwi Fruit, Lemons, Lettuce, Limes, Loquats, Lychees, Macadamia Nuts, Mango, Melon, Mustard, Nectarines, Nutmeg, Okra, Onions, Palm, Papaya, Parsley, Passionfruit, Peaches, Pears, Peppers, Persimmons

Row 4: Plums, Pomegranate, Prickly Pear, Pumpkins, Quince, Radishes, Rambutan, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Rose Hip, Safflower, Sesame, Squash, Starfruit, Strawberries, Sugarcane, Sunflowers, Sweet Potatoes, Tangerines, Tea, Tomatoes, Turnips, Vanilla, Walnuts, Watermelon, Zucchini


The Paly Foundation focuses on educational efforts that highlight the importance of conserving and protecting diverse natural habitats and wildlife populations.