”You deserve a Break Today…” Busy as bees, our Spring routines have begun here in the
Northwoods as we aspire to the challenge of another exciting growing season. Whether your
garden undertaking is large or small, eventually we all feel we’ve extended some muscles
beyond the norm. On occasion, perhaps you like me, have cast aside the importance of
“ergonomic” gardening, only to be reminded of it later when you reach for the Tylenol!
Here’s an idea to interrupt that routine… lay down your rake or hoe, invite a friend and head to
Cable, WI to spend a couple of hours visiting the new “BEE-Amazed...by our Native Friends”
Exhibit at the Natural History Museum. I did just that on May 2 for the Grand Opening and was
warmly welcomed by Emily Stone, Naturalist/Director and Mollie Kreb,Curator Naturalist of the
Museum. Their team of creative volunteers have been designing and constructing this exhibit for
months. I personally believe it should be nominated for the Natural History Academy of Exhibits
Award! Did you know northwest WI is home to 166 species of pollen seeking native bees?
Visitors of all ages will be enlightened with many useful facts and stimulating visuals throughout
the interactive exhibit from the mural tracing a year long bee cycle to “Play Pollinator” at the
pinball machine. Set your GPS and be on your way - you will BEE Amazed!
The Cable Natural History Museum hours are as follows:
Tuesday through Saturday 10 - 4 pm & beginning June 17, Sunday and
Monday 10 - 2 pm. Phone 715.798.3890 www .cablemuseum.org
And another opportunity...As part of the “Save the Pollinators” initiative, the certified Monarch
Way Station, established in 2016 by the North Country Master Gardener Volunteers, is an
outdoor classroom with walking paths among the native flowering plants and shrubbery. This is
a perfect segue to observe the bees and pollinators in action at the Spooner Agricultural
Research Station Teaching and Display Garden, Spooner, WI.
Kay D. Childs, North Country Master Gardener Volunteer
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