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If you build it, they will come...Minnesota school pollinator garden one year later


School pollinator garden during planting and one year later.

School pollinator garden during planting in spring 2016 on the left and in bloom during summer 2017 on the right. The area was planted in 2016 with native grass and forb seeds and plugs.

Photo by J. Utrup, USFWS.


December 7, 2017

In 2016, students from Impact Academy at Orchard Lake Elementary in Lakeville, Minnesota, learned about the decline of pollinators and decided to do something about it. With the help of the Service’s Minnesota Private Lands Office and Minnesota/Wisconsin Field Office students planted a large pollinator garden with hopes of helping imperiled species such as the rusty patched bumble bee and monarch butterfly. Planning and planting of the garden was viewed by the school’s teachers and principal as a huge success and just the beginning in the development of an outdoor classroom for the school.


For their spring service-learning project this year, students decided they wanted to do even more to help pollinators, specifically native bees, on the school property. They researched bee houses and learned about how they may benefit bees in providing additional nesting habitat, especially for solitary bees. They again worked with the MN/WI Field Office on potential bee house design ideas. Ultimately, they decided to build bee houses out of logs and set them near the now established garden and throughout the school grounds. They also made a larger insect hotel that was set next to the garden as well.


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Last updated: January 25, 2018