High school agriculture and science educators are encouraged to apply for $1,000 grants to raise and transplant native wildflowers in rural areas.

Insect pollinators and monarch caterpillars are essential for crop pollination and ecological diversity. In recent years their numbers are low, partly due to loss of native wildflower habitat near farmland.

In response, Sand County Foundation and We Energies Foundation are offering a pollinator habitat grant program for high schools. The program supplies plants, growing materials and $1,000 grants to high school agricultural and science departments.

Successful applicants will receive about 600 seedlings of five native wildflower species in March. Students must raise the plants in school greenhouses, transplant them to appropriate sites in the spring, and maintain and monitor the plants through the summer. 

Teachers will also receive a training webinar, remote consultation from a private native plant nursery, and a $1,000 cash award paid to school districts or FFA chapters to offset project expenses.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 18. To apply, visit www.sandcountyfoundation.org/SchoolGrant.