To increase habitat for insect pollinators and monarch butterflies, we’re working with educators in a variety of ways:
Our Pollinator Habitat grant program awarded grants to 16 Minnesota and Wisconsin high schools. Agricultural and science students will propagate native wildflowers from seed in school greenhouses, transplant them onto partnering farms in the spring, and monitor the plants through the year. In addition to the cash support for school greenhouse operations, each grant includes seeds, growing trays, and instruction from experts at Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries.
Rather than creating small pollinator gardens in urban areas, these grants aim to improve habitat on farms and larger rural areas that lack diverse, native prairie habitat. Such vegetation is necessary to reverse the recent decline of honey bees, monarch butterflies and and other insect pollinators.
Pollinator Habitat Curriculum Guide
Together with the Earth Partnership at the University of Wisconsin, we developed a Pollinator Habitat Curriculum Guide that is available via free download. The guide provides high school educators with a set of activities appropriate for establishing, managing, and monitoring prairie habitat suitable for monarch butterflies, other insect pollinators and grassland birds. The guide aligns with Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. Click here for more information.