2022 Northeast Ohio Pollinator Summer Festival
DATE: Saturday, June 25th, 2022 TIME: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Gateway Elementary School Auditorium & Outdoor Learning Center, 229 Gateway Avenue, Conneaut, Ohio 44030
Join us for a day of pollinator education and celebration in beautiful Conneaut, Ohio. The 2022 Northeast Ohio Pollinator Summer Symposium is an all-day pollinator focused event that will feature a variety of speakers, tours, and vendors. The morning sessions will cost $10 to attend and feature two speakers, Michele Colopy, Executive Director and co-founder of LEAD for Pollinators, and Debra Knapke, author, public speaker and garden consultant known as “The Garden Sage”. The afternoon session will be free to the public and offer many different activities, learning opportunities, networking, and vendors. So far, the afternoon will include Native Plant Vendors, Nature Organizations, Guided Tours, Guided Hikes, Kids Activities, Tree Planting demos, Native Tree Giveaways, Musical performances from The Nurseryman Band & Pickle Milk, and local Food Trucks, with more to come!
The Northeast Ohio Pollinator Symposium is a combined effort of the Ashtabula Soil and Water Conservation District, Ashtabula County Master Gardeners, Ashtabula County Beekeepers Association, and OSU Extension of Ashtabula County.
Morning Session ($10 Admission)
8:00-8:30 – Registration and Check-In $10 Admission if attending morning presentations.
8:30-10:00 – Michele Colopy, Executive Director and co-founder of LEAD for Pollinators,
‘Understanding the Pollinator Crisis and How You Can Help’
From the four “p’s” impacting honeybee health to deciphering fact from fiction, you will learn how you can take action to support managed and native pollinators vital to a sustainable agricultural and environmental landscape.
10-10:30 – Break
10:30-12:00 – Debra Knapke, author, public speaker and garden consultant known as “The Garden Sage,”
‘Gardening for Pollinators by Season’
Our garden pollinators – bees, butterflies, and more – are threatened on many fronts. We know that they only thrive if they have a constant food source: the right flowers at the right times. Debra will offer strategies to help you give pollinators what they need to survive and flourish.
Afternoon Session (Free to attend)
12:00 to 4:00 – Celebration of pollinators at the Outdoor Learning Center
- Native Plant Vendors – Over 10 of Ohio’s best nurseries will be selling quality trees, shrubs, and perennials
- Nature Organizations and Exhibitors promoting their organizations
- Guided Tours of the award-winning Outdoor Learning Center Butterfly & Pollinator Garden
- Guided Hikes led by the area’s finest naturalists
- Kids Activities led by local non-profit service groups
- Tree Planting Demonstration for homeowners
- Native tree giveaway courtesy Ashtabula County Soil & Water
- Musical Groups including The Nurseryman Band & Pickle Milk
- Food Trucks will be available for lunch
To attend the $10 morning session online registration is closed.
Please register at the door.
If attending the free afternoon session, please RSVP HERE.
(Afternoon RSVP not needed if attending morning session).