Celebration of pollinators at the Crane Trust June 22

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) It's not something we think of while watching bugs buzz around flowers and trees, but the pollinators of the nature world play a huge role in the environment.

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That's why the Crane Trust and Nature Center located near Alda is planning a Family Day Pollinator Celebration Saturday, June 22, The free, open to the public event caps a week during which over 250 kids from area day cares will be at the Nature Center for fun and education activities.

According to the Crane Trust web site, the "purpose is to involve young people, parents and grandparents in a day of interactive indoor and outdoor activities to learn about pollinators and the prairie ecosystem."

Scientist Nicole Archilla says some pollinators are declining in numbers due to human factors, which could have long last effects.

"It's basically a disaster," said Archilla. "About one-third of the food we eat by some estimates is made possible by a pollinator."

Wildlife science technician Josh Wiese says the day will be filled with activities for people of all ages.

:"Absolutely," said Wiese. "We're going to be doing a lot of really cool stuff."

Activities include flower dissection, launching seed bombs and planting flowers and more.

The celebration is Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Crane Trust Nature center, which is located just off the Alda interchange of Interstate 80.

More information, including a full schedule of events, can be found at the Crane Center web site.