The National Wildlife Federation

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

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City of North Mankato

North Mankato, MN

Mark Dehen


Pledge Summary

North Mankato Minnesota is a community with a population of 14,000. We currently have prairies at Benson Park and Bluff Park along with 19 other community parks, which incorporate Pollinator Gardens. Mayor Dehen of North Mankato, Minnesota 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.

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Community Spotlight


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!


Let's Pollinate 2023!

Rainy day at Spring Lake Park, but we planted 300 Blazing Star plugs.

Action Items Committed for 2022

Communications and Convening

  • Issue a proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat. This proclamation must incorporate a focus on monarch conservation.
  • 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.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.