prairie planting

This planting of prairie grasses and wildflowers lets students explore a prominent Minnesota plant community and its intricate relationships with insects.

Active Learning
Use this Learning Habitat to study plant identification, prairie ecology, pollination, seed collecting. 

Suggested curriculum links: MonarchWatch
An internet-based curriculum for a collaborative network of students, teachers, volunteers and researchers to study the spectacular fall migration of monarch butterflies.


  • Perennial planting that lasts many years once established
  • Plants are adapted for hot, dry sites
  • Remarkable diversity in size, shape, leaf and flower
  • Plants chosen for late summer & early fall bloom
  • Plants attract many species of butterflies and other pollinators

Download Prairie Planting DESIGN
Download Prairie Plainting PLANT LIST

PLAN Before You Plant
Successful, sustainable school projects start by involving the school community in planning.

Share the Dream
Form a team of staff and parents to gather ideas, discuss possibilities and prioritize needs and goals.  How will the area be used to support curriculum?  How will you involve students to get information and make choices?

Survey the Site
Check with maintenance staff and others about its existing uses. Measure it.  Note growing conditions (light, soil, access to water).

Create a Design &Action Plan
Select features and create a design.  Develop a timetable to implement it.  It's great to start small and build on success over time.  Plan for ways students can use and add to the area in subsequent years.

Involve the Community
A plan with broad support, that many people have helped shape, is critical for long-term success.  Vandalism is less likely.  Enthusiasm for using it will grow, as well as support for its upkeep.