Register for the 25th National Pesticide Forum right here in Minneapolis.  Two days of the best speakers from around the country on ecological and organic strategies for regeneration.



In Minnesota, we have a long period of time when plant life is dormant. Gardens in the winter provide an environmentally sound alternative to a barren, cold landscape devoid of life. Overwintered gardens are very important habitat for pollinators. Native bees nest in dried stalks of plants and birds feed on the seeds and fruits. Many native plant species rely on re-seeding to sustain themselves. Intact gardens help to filter water runoff, keeping our water cleaner and replenishing our aquifers. So hold off on grooming those gardens until temperatures are above 50. After temps steady above 50 or 60, Bumble bee queens will start emerging from hibernation and moths and butterflies will begin appearing. Early flowers like dandelions and Maple trees offer the first nectar and pollen for our hungry overwintering pollinators.


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WATCH FOR NEW SIGNS:  April, 2017 pollinator garden signs designed by Julie Bourman will be erected at the Pollinator Park flower garden, Ramsey-Grove and Northland Parks.

PHASE I . NATIVE FLOWER GARDEN & BEE LAWN:  May, 2016: Pollinator Friendly volunteers, Stillwater Water Board and Gardenside Landscape completed Phase I of the Pollinator Park by first removing the turf. The bee lawn was seeded with Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) 3.6 oz. (7.5 Tbs)/1000 sf, Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) 1 oz (2 Tbs)/1000 sf, White Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens) 3.2 oz. (7 Tbs)/1000 sf. Thanks to the generous support of the Saint Paul Garden Club, the flower garden is abound with pollinators: Wild Bergamot, Rough Blazingstar, Yellow Headed Coneflower, Joe-Pye Weed, Compass Plant, Oxe-eye, New England Aster, Fragrant Hyssop, Heartleaf Golden Alexander, Meadowrue, Butterfly Weed.  After the first snow fall Nov. 2016, we overseeded the clover bee lawn with a seed mix of creeping fescues and hard fescues for diversity and resilience in the lawn. In Spring, 2017 the bee lawn will get a good dose of creeping thyme plugs from Rose Floral.

PHASE II . THE SLOPE - Watch for little blue stem and milkweed on the slope thanks to a generous contribution from Ciranda and Minnesota Native Landscapes (MNL).  Only non toxic practices are used for this pollinator friendly project. July, 2016 we began to remove the existing vegetation and prepare the slope for seed and plants with a deep filtering root system. The Stillwater Fire Dept. did a controlled burn, and our partners at MNL sprayed two white vinegar treatments to burn out the existing plants, avoiding beneficials like milkweed and big blue stem. Spring, 2017 we will seed with a slope enhancement mix including little blue stem and milkweed, plus plant native plant plugs.

PHASE III . THE SHORT PRAIRIE - Stay tuned as plans shape up for the largest area in the park, the short prairie with walking trail and interpretative signage.  

1.  WILD BEES (Xerces Society), 2. POLLINATOR HABITAT ON FARMS (Blue Tree Fruit Farm & Xerces Society), 3. AMERICA'S FLYWAY (Izaak Walton League), 4. PESTICIDES & POLLINATORS . CAN WE CO-EXIST (Dr. Vera Krischik with Lex Horan of Pesticide Action Network), 5. RETHINKING URBAN HABITATS (Bob Engstrom & Minnesota Native Landscapes)

New Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

Support Pollinator Friendly Alliance


VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR  Consider joining our amazing team of organizers and volunteers for this volunteer driven non profit conservation organization.  The VC plays an important and integral role in fundraising, awareness programs, gardening workshops and our big annual festival. The ideal candidate is positive, self-motivated, outgoing, confident, and articulate. The coordinator will motivate and organize volunteers. This is a professional, goal-oriented position great for resume building and community connectedness. Personal rewards are many as we work together to make our world a better place for pollinators and people.  

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR    The Pollinator Friendly Alliance is a fast growing and active non profit conservation group based in the St. Croix River Valley. We have an amazing core of staff, volunteers and partnering pollinator champions. The CC is an important member of our organization and is responsible for documentation and the organization of Pollinator Friendly Alliance. Keeping the public, board, key positions and volunteers updated and informed.  This key position is the support system that keeps things running smoothly.  Duties include: maintains records and documentation of organization and activities, coordinates meetings and writes minutes, oversees communication among staff, board and public, helps coordinate major events, maintains email list and sends email blasts, special projects and research, maintains education materials inventory and presentation list.

Learn pollinator advocacy and community organizing work alongside a progressive conservation group. Everyone is concerned about pollinators and we are helping community to make a difference locally and at the state level.  Our interns perform a variety of tasks including social media, advocacy, administrative, design, email database, letter writing, attending events, and more.  

2017 Pollinator Friendly Calendar

3/9/2017: Pollinator Best Practices Summit . 800 AM - 1200 PM.  Dakota County Lodge, St. Paul.  Experts and inspiration for counties, cities, townships, school districts on how to best manage parks, public lands, roadsides for pollinators. Limited seating, register now.

3/29/2017: Pollinator Trivia & Beer Release Party. 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM.  Urban Growler Brewery, 2325 Endicott Street, St. Paul 55114.  Check out Urban Growler's Plow to Pint Honey IPA and learn about bees.

4/22/17: Stillwater Earth Day. 10 AM - 2 PM. Riverfront behind Rivermarket, Stillwater.

4/21/17: PFA at St. Croix River Association Basin Summit, River Falls University, Wisconsin.

4/28/17-4/29/17: PFA co-sponsor of the 35th National Pesticide Forum. Ecological and Organic Strategies for Regeneration.  U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Minneapolis.  Registration here.

5/7/17: 10 AM - 1 PM. Pollinator Friendly Garden Party at Pollinator Park with Minnesota Native Landscapes. 517Stillwater.  10 am - 1 pm.  Corner of Laurel Street West and Owen Street North, 517 Owen Street North, Stillwater.  Refreshments provided, bring your garden trowel and gloves.

5/18/17: PFA presents pollinator friendly resolution to White Bear Lake Township. 630 PM

5/20/17: 10 AM - 1 PM.  Pollinator Friendly Alliance - Pollinator Park Garden Party.  Demonstrations by Master Beekeeper, Mike Mac from Bone Lake Apairy and Claudia Morgan, professional gardener and landscaper with Gardenside.  Come join us -- bee a steward at the Pollinator Park flower garden by helping us groom, plant and weed the pollinator flower garden.  Corner of Laurel Street West and Owen Street North, 517 Owen Street North, Stillwater.  Refreshments provided, bring your garden trowel and gloves.