ASHBURN, Va. — According to a recent poll, nearly all Americans (95%) agree special efforts to create designated areas where plants support the health and growth of pollinators, like honey bees and butterflies, should be made, the National Park and Recreation Association reported.
However, only about a third (34%) of Americans are confident they know what actions can be taken to help the conservation of pollinators.
The poll was conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in partnership with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation in an effort to learn more about perceptions and educational needs regarding pollinator conservation.
Many local park and recreation agencies offer information or staff who can speak to the importance of conserving pollinators and can help educate community members on what actions they can take.
Regardless of age, income, region or gender, at least 9 in 10 Americans agree communities should make special efforts to create designated areas where plants support the health and growth of pollinators.
Yet the majority of Americans (66%) are not completely or very confident in knowing what to do to help pollinators, the survey found.
Parents (43%) and millennials (46%) are more likely to feel confident than Americans overall, but still more than half are not as confident in the actions they can take to help conservation of pollinators.
“Americans understand supporting pollinators is important,” says Barbara Tulipane, NRPA president and CEO. “Park and recreation agencies recognize the importance of creating designated areas such as pollinator gardens. Agencies and conservation staff can provide communities with the information they need to support pollinators locally.”
“We are committed to helping Americans connect with and protect the pollinator habitats in their own local parks and backyards,” says Carol Nowlin, ScottsMiracle-Gro manager for corporate social responsibility. “That’s why we are partnering with NRPA to grow people’s understanding of these vital creatures and their confidence in how to protect them.”
This poll is part of NRPA’s Park Pulse, a continuing series of monthly surveys that gauge the public’s opinion on topics relating to parks and recreation.
To see previous Park Pulse survey results, visit www.nrpa.org/Park-Pulse.