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Local efforts to restore pollinator habitats in Chattanooga

Check out these local organizations working to restore, protect, and educate folks about pollinator habitats.

NOOGAtoday | Aquarium pollinator sign

Keep an eye out for these Pollinator Pathway signs.

Photo provided by Tennessee Aquarium

Pollinator Week is Monday, June 17 through Sunday, June 23, and in honor of the celebrations we’re sharing some local efforts aimed at restoring, protecting, and educating folks about pollinator habitats.

Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership

Established by the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, this project works with area organizations to expand pollinator protection.

You may notice habitats around town that are designed and maintained to help pollinators + these folks are behind the Seeds for Education grant program, which provides funds for plant and seed purchases to enhance schoolyards and community spaces.

Pollinator Pathway

The Tennessee Aquarium teamed up with TDOT to offer a self-guided experience on its campus to educate visitors about the importance of pollinators + how to protect them.

Bonus: The aquarium has several upcoming events for Pollinator Week like seed packet giveaways + activities.

Buzz Alley

This permanent exhibit at the Creative Discovery Museum educates guests about bees’ roles as pollinators + the importance of beekeeping. You can also check out the rooftop garden that is filled with native plants to support pollinators.

Project Milkweed

This project provides Tennesseeans with free seeds to plant to help restore landscapes + preserve habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Note: TDOT will reopen orders during Pollinator Week.

Seed Exchange

Want to start your own garden? You can check out up to three flower, vegetable, and fruit seed packets at the Chattanooga Public Library’s downtown branch with your library card.

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