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SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center Hosts Wildflower Pollinator Planting Workshop

June 20, 2019

SUNY Potsdam’s WISER Center Partners with Local Living Venture to Create Pollinator Pals Garden at College’s Child Care Center

There will be a free Wildflower Pollinator Planting Workshop at SUNY Potsdam’s Child Care Center this Sunday, June 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants can learn how to plant gardens to support local pollinator populations, including honeybees.

SUNY Potsdam’s Wagner Institute for Sustainability and Ecological Research and the Local Living Venture are hosting a free Wildflower Pollinator Planting Workshop this Sunday, June 23, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the College’s Child Care Center.

The public is invited to attend the workshop, where they will help landscape a wildflower garden plot at SUNY Potsdam’s Child Care Center and learn different techniques for planting a pollinator garden.

The new garden habitat will be an important addition to the SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center as a natural outdoor learning space. It will provide a child-friendly, interactive, educational area to be well-tended and enjoyed for years to come.  However, this workshop is suitable for adult participation.

The Wildflower Pollinator Planting Workshop is a hands-on event and is free and open to the public, with coordination by the WISER Center and the Local Living Venture. Along with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, the groups are partners in a free wildflower seed distribution program, called Pollinator Pals.

Each participant will have the opportunity to bring home a packet of wildflower seeds in order to plant their own pollinator garden at home.

The SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center is located at 185 Outer Main Street in Potsdam, N.Y. Registration is not required, but is appreciated, by emailing

This event is a hands-on workshop and will take place rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the weather and gardening; shelter will be available. The event is free and open to the public, though donations to support the Pollinator Pal project are greatly appreciated.

Pollinator gardens help promote and maintain local pollinators including bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. They provide nutrients and habitat essential to pollinators to ensure they will continue to thrive in St. Lawrence County, pollinating local crops and maintaining local biodiversity and ecosystem health.

Details on the free wildflower seed program can be found at the website for those who are unable to attend the workshop but would like to join the Pollinator Pals in planting a wildflower garden.

            For more information about the Wagner Institute for Sustainability and Ecological Research at SUNY Potsdam, visit

The SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center serves children of SUNY students, faculty and staff, as well as the community at large. Founded in 1990, the center is based on the philosophy that each child has unique, individual needs and developmental patterns. Experiences planned for the children promote the positive development of emotional, social, intellectual and physical/motor abilities. Curriculum planning focuses on each child's need to grow and enhances the development of a positive self-image. To learn more, visit


About SUNY Potsdam:
Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit

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