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Thursday, March 7, 2024

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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. In 2022 an area in Spring Lake Park was transitioned into a sanctuary garden. A 5-year plan is in place to make another pollinator garden. 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.

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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 2024

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 community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • 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.
  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar-producing plants in gardens in the community.