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 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--!

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.



Naturalist, 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.

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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.

Plants in planters

Setting out the newly designed pollinator display bed.

 Pollinator display bed in full bloom

Pollinator display bed in full bloom

Pollinator Interpretive Walk

Interpretive panel

One of 13 interpretive panels about pollinators that were recently installed in the Garden. (photo by Diane R. Hunt)

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