POLLINATOR PARK, 523 Owens Street North, Stillwater

2016-2018: Pollinator conservation learning and demonstration area. 

self heal, BUMBLEBEE at the pollinator park

self heal, BUMBLEBEE at the pollinator park

NATIVE FLOWER GARDEN & BEE LAWN:  May, 2016: Pollinator Friendly volunteers, Stillwater Water Board and Gardenside completed Phase I of the Pollinator Park by first removing the turf.

Bee lawn seeded with Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris) 3.6 oz. (7.5 Tbs)/1000 sf, White Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens) 3.2 oz. (7 Tbs)/1000 sf. 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. May 6, 2017 additional clover and fescue was seeded. 

Thanks to the generous support of the Saint Paul Garden Club and Patagonia, 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, Creeping Sedum.

NEW SIGNS ARE UP: Pollinator signs designed by Julie Bourman at the Pollinator Park, Ramsey-Grove and Northland pollinator gardens. And thanks to Cedar Pet Clinic, a doggie bag station as well.

SLOPE RESTORATION- Thanks to a generous contribution from Ciranda and Minnesota Native Landscapes (MNL). Summer, 2016: controlled burn to prepare for seed and plants that provide ground water filtration through a deeper root system.  Spring, 2017: Minn Native Landscapes sprayed white vinegar treatments to burn existing vegetation, avoiding beneficials like milkweed and blue stem, then weed wacked and seeded pioneer mix (bluestem, rye, switchgrass, oats and indian grass). PFA volunteers joined MNL to plant 500 plugs including: Stiff goldenrod, sky blue aster, black-eyed susan, common milkweed, harebells, wild bergamot, golden alexander, compass plant, native thistle, clovers, primrose, cup plant, hoary vervain and more.

THE SHORT PRAIRIE - expected October, 2017 with Prairie Restorations and Gardenside. Turf will be removed, native prairie flower seeds and grasses will be spread by hand. We should see some lovely grasses and flowers next year, but the real show will thrive the second year. A trail with interpretation signage is planned for 2018.

New Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

Support Pollinator Friendly Alliance

email: laurie@pollinatorfriendly.org

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

9/10/2017 Polli*NATION Festival- Pollinator party of the year. Music, art, food trucks, performance, beer, games, bands, and a whole lotta pollinator goings on. Kissing Birch Farm, Stillwater.

11/6/2017. Pollinator Park prairie installation.

11/13/2017. Washington Pollinator Consortium Meeting . Lake Elmo Park Reserve. 

11/16/2017. Seeding prairie at Supermax Prison, Stillwater, MN.  Stay tuned for time (11/17 snow date).

2/8/2018. Pollinator Protection Summit.  Silverwood Park Lodge. Register under BEE IN THE KNOW for updates.