Dec 15, 2022
Midwest students to cultivate native plants through pollinator grants
Twenty-one Midwest schools will receive pollinator habitat grants from a Wisconsin-based nonprofit land conservation organization.
Sand County Foundation is awarding the grants to agriculture and science programs at high schools in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Each school district or Future Farmers of America chapter will receive prairie seeds and seedlings, a consultation and $1,000 to support project expenses. Students will germinate and grow native plants in winter and plant them in the spring.
“Insect pollinators are essential for crop pollination and ecological diversity. In recent years their numbers are low partly due to loss of native wildflower habitat, especially in the agricultural landscape,” said Haley Diem, Sand County Foundation school grant program coordinator. “We encourage applicants to partner with landowners to establish pollinator habitat on agricultural and other working lands.”
Grant program sponsors include Syngenta, Enel North America, Monarch Joint Venture, U.S. Forest Service International Programs, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, and We Energies Foundation. Educators and landowners interested in becoming involved in the project can contact Diem at email@example.com.
All teachers can access a Pollinator Habitat Curriculum Guide developed through a partnership between Sand County Foundation and University of Wisconsin ecological education organization Earth Partnership. The guide’s 28 activities, aligned with state and national education standards, include planning, establishing, managing, and monitoring prairie habitat for insect pollinators and grassland birds.
The guide is available for free download.
The schools receiving pollinator grants are:
Brownstown High School, Brownstown
Eisenhower High School, Decatur
Libertyville High School, Libertyville
South Winneshiek Community School, Calmar
Lynnville-Sully High School, Lynnville-Sully
Manson Northwest Webster Junior/High School, Manson
Stanton Community Schools, Stanton
Underwood High School, Underwood
Clarkston High School, Clarkston
Ravenna High School, Ravenna
Alexandria Area High School, Alexandria
Bertha-Hewitt Public School, Bertha
Duluth East High School, Duluth
Hutchinson High School, McLeod
Thomas Edison High School, Minneapolis
Cambridge High School, Cambridge
Ozaukee High School, Fredonia
Independence High School, Independence
Indian Trail High School & Academy, Kenosha
Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac
Waupun Area Junior & Senior High School, Waupun