The National Wildlife Federation

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Monday, March 20, 2023

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City of North Mankato

North Mankato, MN

Scott Carlson


Pledge Summary

North Mankato Minnesota is a community with a population of over 14,000. We currently have prairies at Benson Park, Bluff Park and a small demonstration prairie at City Hall along with 19 other community parks, which incorporate Pollinator gardens. Mayor Carlson of North Mankato has committed to saving the Monarch butterfly and other pollinators with the signing of the Mayors' Monarch pledge. It is our goal to work with Local Master Gardeners and the 4H groups to help in the education to our citizens about pollinator gardens and their purpose. We will also give our citizens the option of a "No Mow May" in their yard for the second year in a row.

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Community Spotlight


Let's Pollinate 2021

Monarch Joint Venture joined us at a Community event at North Mankato City Hall on June 26, 2021


Let's Pollinate 2021!

Minnesota Native Landscape shared options for home pollinator gardens.


Let's Pollinate 2021!

Off to plant plugs!


Let's Pollinate 2022

Prairie Planting Demonstration by Minnesota Natural Landscapes and Nicollet 4-H members


Let's Pollinate 2022

Residents helped plant 300 plugs


Let's Pollinate 2022

Everyone joined in!

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.
  • Engage with gardening leaders and partners (e.g., Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, Nature Centers, Native Plant Society Chapters , other long-standing and influential community leaders) to support monarch butterfly conservation.
  • Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.