Pollinator Pathways

The University of St. Thomas Pollinator Path and Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) Arts bring Pollinator Pathways to the Stormwater Learning Center to celebrate pollinators and their habitat. This interactive exhibit creates space for us to stop and observe pollinators closely, to learn about their relationships to flowers, and to ponder their value to society. It features drawings, photographs, and activities that seek to inspire wonder, joy, and appreciation for the diversity and value of pollinators in the Twin Cities and beyond.

Illustration of a tri-colored bumble bee.
Tri-Colored Bumble Bee. (Sarah Nelson)

Pollinator Pathways is the result of a multi-year partnership between SCP and the University of St. Thomas Department of Biology to enrich the ecological and educational value of the Pollinator Path through course-based collaborations across disciplines. The Pollinator Path transforms parts of the University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus into an open-air lab for observing pollinators in action and enriching pollinator habitat — anyone can walk the path, from college students, campus visitors, neighbors, and kids on field trips.

The exhibit features work created in collaborations between University of St. Thomas courses and SCP Artist-in-Residence Sarah Nelson. It will also include original illustrations from Nelson and photography by Doreen Schroeder, co-founder of the Pollinator Path.

About SCP Arts

SCP Arts integrates partner-identified, arts-based projects into courses across disciplines, engaging students in collaborative, applied learning — through workshops with local artists-in-residence — to advance SCP partners’ sustainability goals and enrich student problem-solving, analysis, and communication. SCP artists-in-residence collaborate with students to translate their research into artwork. SCP partners share the project artwork in their communities and beyond to engage people of all ages with the interconnections of human and environmental well-being.

Exhibit Dates

July 10, 2019 – September 30, 2019

Community Event

Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.: Catherine Grant and Doreen Schroeder, co-founders of the University of St. Thomas Department of Biology’s Pollinator Path, will lead a walk through the MWMO’s pollinator plantings on-site, paired with the exhibit’s interactive, illustrated activity guides. Kids and adults of all ages will be immersed in the wonder of pollinators! All participants can bring home an illustrated activity guide to observe pollinators and their habitat in their own yards, neighborhoods, and beyond!

More Info

Pollinator Pathways Page at University of St. Thomas Website


Abby Moore
Training and Community Learning Specialist
612-746-4981 or amoore@mwmo.org

Maria Dahmus
Sustainable Communities Partnership Director