Resources for High School Teachers

To increase habitat for insect pollinators and monarch butterflies we’re working with educators and youth. We offer 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, and the Monarch Joint Venture.

Pollinator Habitat Grants

$1,000 grants and plant materials are now available to Minnesota and Wisconsin high school educators. Application deadline: January 18, 2019.

Are you a high school educator looking for a hands-on pollinator habitat project for your students? Sand County Foundation seeks your proposal to have students propagate native forbs (wildflowers) in school greenhouses and transplant them next spring with collaborating landowners. FFA instructors are 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. Applicants must commit to finding a suitable site for transplanting, such as a farmer (to enhance a field buffer, CRP, etc.) or other private property such as an agricultural or rural electric co-op. School properties may be used if dedicated to agricultural or natural habitat purposes. In either case, proper site preparation prior to transplanting will be key to a successful outcome.

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 in the 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. A final report is due in September.

Awards will be announced shortly after the January 18, 2019 deadline.

To apply, click on the grant applications below:

Wisconsin Application -- (grants available statewide)

Minnesota Application -- (grants available in these counties: Blue Earth, Carver, Chisago, Clay, Dodge, Goodhue, Kandiyohi, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Meeker, Olmstead, Pipestone, Rice, Rock, Sherburne, Stearns, Steele, Waseca, Washington and Wright)

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Mick Mulloly of Clinton FFA plants a native wildflower on a southern Wisconsin farm.

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.


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