Fort Larned National Historic Site News Release
June 5, 2015 Contact: Superintendent, 620-285-6911
For Immediate Release
Pollinator Week Children’s Program
Did you know Fort Larned National Historic Site has a new butterfly garden? Through community donations, Larned middle and high school students constructed the garden to attract the native pollinators of Kansas, which currently suffer from loss of habitat.
In celebration of both the new garden and Pollinator Week, Fort Larned welcomes kids of all ages to an hour-long program on Saturday, June 20 at 10am. The program starts with a hands-on craft in the Visitor Center where kids can make their very own butterflies. It will then move to the new butterfly garden, which is located next to the parking lot. Kids can explore and learn about the importance of pollinators to the environment and what they can do to help them.
Pollination occurs when pollen is carried from flower to flower by pollinating animals such as birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, other animals, or by the wind. This transfer of pollen leads to fertilization and successful seed and fruit production for plants. Foods produced through the help of pollinators include blueberries, melons, potatoes, vanilla, chocolate, apples, coffee, peaches, and almonds.
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences. Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at www.nps.gov/fols, or by calling 620-285-6911. There is no admission fee.
Learn more at www.nps.gov.
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“The almost completed butterfly garden at Fort Larned National Historic Site.”