As summer begins, it’s a beautiful time to get outside and enjoy and learn about Hannibal’s parks. The nature programs provided by Hannibal Parks & Recreation are family-friendly ways to inspire children to learn outdoors.

Pollinators, Saviors of the Human Race will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday June 5 starting at the Y’Men’s pavilion, 124 Hill St.

Gale Rublee, nature educator for Hannibal Parks & Recreation said, “Without pollinators, humans would not easily survive. Insects other than bees, wasps, butterflies and moths are pollinators. Birds, bats and other animals pollinate plants we like to eat too. Protecting pollinators is essential to protecting the food chain and us. We are all part of the web of life. Even planting a small native plot in your yard and native bushes and trees can help our local pollinators. We will learn about providing pollinator habitat in your yard and visit Becky’s Garden to see pollinators in action.”

Rublee has more than 25 years of experience as a nature educator. She is a founding member of the Mississippi Hills Master Naturalists chapter in Hannibal.

Hannibal Parks & Recreation nature programs are free but space is limited and reservations are suggested by calling Hannibal Parks & Recreation at 221-0154 or emailing