Pollinators Programs


Garden ecology, pollinator biodiversity, and the important role of native plant species are at the center of a “blossoming” nationwide movement to support ecosystem health in private gardens and public spaces alike. The Library! at Hillcrest was recently awarded one of 50 #PlantWildflowers initiative partnerships offered by Tangled Bank Studios and PBS Nature. The Hillcrest library was selected from a competitive pool of over 300 applicants and is the only organization awarded a partnership in Idaho.

To help promote community collaboration in support of our at-risk pollinators, the Library! at Hillcrest is hosting four events as part of this partnership. At each event there will be guest specialists, activities, giveaways, and maybe a special visitor. “Bee the change” and please join us!

Upcoming Events at the Library! at Hillcrest

April 14 at 6 p.m. - Idaho Native Pollinator Gardening

Join the Library, Boise Parks and Recreation, the Treasure Valley Pollinator Project, and the North End Organic nursery for this informative event highlighting how we can plan our gardens and adjust our habits to help struggling pollinator insects.This event includes giveaways for all attendees and door prizes!

April 16 at noon – Jonathan Case Author Talk & Book Signing

Eisner award-winning cartoonist Jonathan Case (Disney, Dark Horse, DC Comics) is on an epic western states tour to share his new middle grade graphic novel adventure, Little Monarchs. Jonathan will give a behind-the-scenes look at the comics’ creation and how it draws upon real phenomena and real locations (all marked in the book with coordinates!) to tell its story. He will also distribute packets of native milkweed seed to help support the monarch butterfly migration across the west. Rediscovered Books will be selling copies of Little Monarchs at the event. 

May 20 at 3:30 p.m. - World Bee Day Celebration

Join us as we celebrate and learn more about our very important pollinator, the bee. We will enjoy a screening of the celebrated PBS documentary My Garden of a Thousand Bees. There will be giveaways for all attendees and door prizes! This event is held in partnership with Boise Parks and Recreation. 

June 15 at 6 p.m. - All About Monarchs!

Learn about Monarchs and view the Library's live Monarch habitat. We’ll have milkweed giveaways and door prizes. This event is held in partnership with Boise Parks and Recreation.

City Nature Challenge

We're partnering with Boise Parks and Recreation to join the effort to document the wonderful diversity of wild things in our Boise area backyards, open spaces and urban habitats by participating in the 2022 Boise Area City Nature Challenge. The City Nature Challenge is a friendly collaboration aimed at documenting global biodiversity while fostering a greater awareness and appreciation for nature. You can participate by uploading Boise area observations to iNaturalist anytime between April 29 and May 2. Learn more about the challenge on the iNaturalist website.

We’ll have grab & go kits along with other programming to help you prepare for the City Nature Challenge. Make sure to follow the Library on social media for updates!

Other Pollinator Resources at the City of Boise

Explore the pollinator gardens in Boise and volunteer to support our pollinators with Boise Parks and Recreation. Learn more about these opportunities.

See what the City of Boise is doing for pollinators as part of the America the Beautiful pledge.

Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Renewal by Phone: (208) 972-8980
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Library Director:  Jessica Dorr

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