Twelve Wisconsin schools recently earned grants to establish habitat for imperiled insect pollinators and monarch butterflies.
- Arrowhead High School, Hartland
- Beaver Dam High School, Beaver Dam
- Campbellsport High School, Campbellsport
- Glenwood City High School, Glenwood City
- Greenwood Middle-High School, Greenwood
- Mayville High School, Mayville
- Menominee Indian School District, Keshena
- Mishicot High School, Mishicot
- Oconto Falls High School, Oconto Falls
- Randolph High School, Randolph
- Shullsburg High School, Shullsburg
- Sun Prairie High School, Sun Prairie
The pollinator-habitat grants were awarded to Wisconsin agricultural and science educators by the Sand County Foundation, the We Energies Foundation, Syngenta, Bayer Crop Science, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Dairyland Power Cooperative.
Each grant recipient will receive native-wildflower seedlings, a training webinar and consultation, and a $1,000 grant for the school district or FFA chapter to offset project expenses.
To qualify for the grants the schools needed greenhouses or suitable indoor-growing areas to raise the almost 600 seedlings of milkweed, prairie blazing star, wild bergamot and other species they will receive in March. They were also required to identify a rural area — preferably a farm — where they will transplant the native wildflowers to in the spring and tend to them through the summer. Visit sandcountyfoundation.org for more information.