Pollinator photo

Twelve Wisconsin high schools received grants to help establish habitat for pollinators such as insects, monarch butterflies and bumble bees. Photo contributed.

Twelve Wisconsin schools have been awarded grants to establish habitat for imperiled insect pollinators and monarch butterflies.

The pollinator habitat grants were awarded to Wisconsin agricultural and science educators by Sand County Foundation, We Energies Foundation, Syngenta, Bayer Crop Science, 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.

The schools selected are: Arrowhead High School, Hartland (Waukesha County); Beaver Dam High School, Beaver Dam (Dodge County); Campbellsport High School, Campbellsport (Fond du Lac County); Glenwood City High School, Glenwood City (St. Croix County); Greenwood Middle/High School, Greenwood (Clark County); Mayville High School, Mayville (Dodge County); Menominee Indian School District, Keshena (Menominee County); Mishicot High School, Mishicot (Manitowoc County); Oconto Falls High School, Oconto Falls (Oconto County); Randolph High School, Randolph (Columbia and Dodge counties); Shullsburg High School, Shullsburg (Lafayette County); and Sun Prairie High School, Sun Prairie (Dane County).

To qualify for the grants, the schools needed greenhouses or suitable indoor growing areas to raise the nearly 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 these native wildflowers in the spring, and tend to them through the summer.