MHS students plant pollinator garden featuring prairie plants


Marshalltown High School students planted a pollinator garden outside of the school on May 17, 2018. The garden features native prairie plants and will be haven for native pollinators such as bees and butterflies. 

Marshalltown High School biology students took an hour to help out the environment on May 17. The students partnered with People for Pollinators, the MHS Envirothon team and the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge of Prairie City, Iowa to plant a pollinator garden near the greenhouse at the school.

The students planted more than 60 prairie plant seedlings with a goal to provide a haven for native pollinators such as bees and butterflies, said MHS teacher Mike Lazere.

“The garden of native prairie plants will be a haven for native pollinators, including migrating Monarch butterflies, and will be used as a teaching tool for the MHS biology classes,” Lazere said.

On hand at the planting and bringing the seedlings was naturalist Patrick Bryant of the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge.

Also helping with the project were Shaphan Smith and his fellow team members at the Marshalltown Menards, who donated mulch, brick edging and tools for the project.

To view a video on the planting project, click here.