Students from the Fillmore Central school district recently completed a Pollinator Prairie Project in Preston. Working with the local Winona/Root River Pheasants Forever chapter, students in third grade and the high school horticulture class seeded a one-acre prairie.
The objective of the project was to teach students the importance of native prairie and pollinators to our food supply. Students learned through hands-on demonstrations that pollinators like bees, butterflies, and birds are responsible for pollinating nearly a third of the food we eat. Public awareness and education are important elements of the Pheasants Forever mission. This project continues that work by providing beneficial habitat for pollinators and continued educational opportunities for students.
A special thanks to our project partners: Preston Equipment, Shooting Star Native Seeds, Prairie Moon Nursery, Corporate Casuals, and Preston Dairy and Farm.
The Winona/Root River chapter will be partnering with the La Crescent-Hokah School Distirct and the City of La Crescent to complete a second pollinator habitat project in the cities Vetsch park during the spring of 2016.