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Celebrating Wildflowers is dedicated to the enjoyment of the thousands of wildflowers growing on our national forests and grasslands, and to educating the public about the many values of native plants.

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USDA Proclamations - National Pollinators Week and National Grasslands Week

Posted June 19, 2019

The Secretary of Agriculture of the United States, Sonny Perdue, proclaimed the week of June 17 - 23, 2019, as National Pollinator Week (PDF) and the week of June 16 - 22, 2019, as National Grasslands Week (PDF).

Forest Service Sponsoring an Event to Highlight Pollinators

Posted June 13, 2019

In celebration of Pollinator Week, the Ouachita National Forest and its partners are holding the annual Bees, Bugs and Butterflies Pollinator event in Hot Springs, Arkansas, June 20.

The event, which highlights the important contribution pollinators make to the world’s ecosystems, will take place at the Arlington Lawn in downtown Hot Springs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“During National Pollinator Week, we want to provide information to the public on how pollinating species enable them to enjoy the state’s diverse wildlife, along with their favorite fruits and vegetables,” said Susan Hooks, Ouachita National Forest botanist. “Many plants need to be pollinated in order to produce food for wildlife and humans.”

Read more about the pollinator event in Arkansas…

Pollinator Week - June 17-23, 2019

Posted June 12, 2019

Pollinator Week logo.

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.

Twelve years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership. See the Pollinator Week web page…

Join the 2018 International Monarch Monitoring Blitz to help save the monarch butterfly

Posted June 6, 2019

Closeup of a person's hands holding a magnifying glass over a milkweed leaf. Photo by Wendy Caldwell.

From July 28 to August 5, 2018, citizens from Canada, the United States and Mexico are invited to participate in the second International Monarch Monitoring Blitz (the Blitz) to help identify the monarch butterfly's breeding sites.

Read more about the monarch monitoring blitz…

Celebrating Wildflowers has been Updated!

Posted May 30, 2019

Celebrating Wildflowers Logo featuring a Mariposa Lily and Yellow Ladyslipper Orchid.

The Celebrating Wildflowers website has a fresh new look and has been updated so it can be viewed on smartphones and tablets, as well as computers.

We hope you like the changes we've made and continue to celebrate with us the thousands of wildflowers growing on our national forests and grasslands!

Contact us if you have questions or comments.

Seize the Daisies: Go see wildflowers before they’re gone

Posted May 8, 2019

A field of yellow wildflowers. Wildflowers in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. USDA photo by Preston Keres.

A sunrise on Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie perfectly illuminates beautiful wildflowers. A sunrise on Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie perfectly illuminates beautiful wildflowers. USDA Forest Service photo.

As spring literally blossoms across the nation, the brilliant colors of wildflowers—their reds, oranges, blues and yellows—splash across the landscape from wildlands to city parks to manicured lawns. In recognition of National Wildflower Week, which is always the third week of May, the USDA Forest Service wants you to enjoy this natural and wild bouquet by visiting a national forest or grassland wildflower viewing area.

Read more about seizing the daisies on the Forest Service Blog…

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Find places to view wildflowers on your national forests and grasslands.

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