To increase habitat for insect pollinators and monarch butterflies we’re working with educators and youth. For the past two years we have offered financial grants for Minnesota and Wisconsin high schools to propagate native plants in greenhouses and transplant them onto rural areas. In 2018 we introduced a Pollinator Habitat Curriculum Guide that is aligned with current education standards for Midwestern high school science and agriculture educators. These efforts are made possible by funding to Sand County Foundation from Enel Green Power North America, Inc., We Energies Foundation, Dairyland Power Cooperative, Syngenta, and the Monarch Joint Venture.
In late 2018 we offered $1,000 grants and plant materials to Minnesota and Wisconsin high school educators. We will announce the successful applicants in late January.
This project is for high school educators looking for hands-on pollinator habitat project for students. Sand County Foundation sought proposals to have students propagate native forbs (wildflowers) in school greenhouses and transplant them this spring with collaborating landowners. FFA instructors were especially encouraged to apply.
This program strives to increase the diversity of native forbs within an agricultural landscape for the benefit of native bees, honeybees, and monarch butterflies.
Successful applicants will receive 640 small seedlings of five native forb species in March. Students will grow out these plants in a school greenhouse or other suitable indoor area, transplant them onto an appropriate site this spring, and maintain and monitor the plants through the summer. Teachers will receive a training webinar, remote consultation from a private native plant nursery, and a $1,000 cash award paid to a school district or FFA chapter to offset project expenses.
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.