Puyallup Is A Bee City

In 2017, Puyallup was the second city in the state of Washington to receive an official "Bee City" designation from Bee City USA, a not-for-profit organization committed to developing and maintaining sustainable habitats for pollinators such as native bees and honey bees.

Why Become A Bee City?

Crops in the Puyallup Valley such as berries, pumpkins, tomatoes and apples are produced in part with the natural pollination activity of bees. By receiving a Bee City designation, Puyallup will help further a healthy and vibrant ecosystem and food supply system, which in turn will benefit our local and regional economies. The purpose of becoming a Bee City is to support and encourage bee and other pollinator-friendly habitat creation and enhancement on both public and private properties. A healthier pollinator population means a healthier ecosystem and community. Read more about Puyallup's commitment as a Bee City here.

Every year Puyallup submits an Annual Bee City Report - read on to see what outreach and community events we have participated in this year!

How Can I Get Involved?

PNW Bumble Bee Atlas

Researchers are seeking citizen scientists to help determine the regional populations of the nearly 30 species of bees in the Pacific Northwest. Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate - find out more here

Better Pest Management Practices

Improve your pest management practices with these easy tips for ridding yourself of pesky pests while maintaining the health of our pollinators.

Create and Maintain Pollinator-Friendly Gardens & Habitats!

To learn what plants are best for Northwest pollinators, download the Northwest Region Pollinator Garden Planting Guide. Looking to maintain current natural landscaping? Learn more about what types of landscapes are important for pollinators here. Still looking for more resources? Visit: www.Pollinator.org.

Partner With Us!

Partner with the City of Puyallup to protect our most vulnerable pollinators. See a full list of endangered pollinator species here. Have questions about our designation or how to get involved as a community member? Contact Community Relations Coordinator, Erica Unruh at EUnruh@puyallupwa.gov 

2021 Pollinator Awareness & Events

June 05:
Butterfly Education & Awareness Day

June 21-27: National Pollinator Week. Join us as we celebrate! 
  • Pollinator display at the Puyallup Public Library starting Monday, June 14 - end of July. Learn more about pollinators, check out reading materials and videos and grab resource tip sheets at the library counter!
  • Banner going up in Pioneer Park on Monday, June 21.
June 26: Pollinator Event at the Puyallup Farmer's Market from 9AM-12PM (noon).
  • We will have pollinator resources, honey sticks, a limited number of wildflower seed packets to get you started this summer and some cool pollinator-themed prizes to give away!
Xerces Society FREE Webinars. Register for various classes and workshops pertaining to pollinator identification, preservation, and getting involved. Browse current offerings here.