Pollinator-friendly gardens topic of free daylong class

Did you know that one of every three bites of food comes to us by pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds and beetles? But, bee populations are declining, affected by habitat loss, disease and contact with pesticides.

The good news is we all can make a dramatic difference in the future of pollinators.

Lycoming County Master Gardeners will hold a free workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 8 on how to create a pollinator-friendly garden.

The class will focus on four necessary requirements:

Providing food;

  • Providing water sources;
  • Providing shelter; and
  • Safeguarding pollinator habitat.

Instructors will guide the class through the process step by step. Handouts on how to make gardens attractive to pollinators will be provided, as well as applications for those interested in certifying their own gardens.

The workshop will be held in the Chapel Room of the Lysock Complex, 542 County Farm Road, Loyalsock Township.

Space is limited and registration is required before 4:30 p.m. May 5.

To register, call the Cooperative Extension Office at 570-433-3040 or go online to extension.psu.edu/ lycoming/events and click on the event.

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, call Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429.