Pollinators Garden


  • Provide safe environment for local pollinators to feed and reproduce

  • Educate public on the importance of native plants and native pollinators

  • Spread awareness about threats to native species and ways that we can help

  • Provide a hands-on experience for students to work with native plants and pollinators

  • Engage students in real-world, problem-solving situations

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Pearly Everlasting

Pearly Everlasting




  • Fall 2020- 31 environmental science students researched 29 species selected the semester before & created an informational webpage to be used for signs in the garden.  They worked to weed the beds for the planting of 7 species (Swamp Milkweed x30, Butterfly Milkweed x4, Red Columbine, Purple Coneflower x2, Yellow Coneflower, Purple Poppy Mallow, & Butterfly Bush x6).  After planting these 7 species, the students manually watered the entire garden every other day.

  • Spring 2020- Students began research on the different plant species and planned to plant all 29 species in April; however, due to Covid-19, plans were stalled.

  • Fall 2019- 17 students researched native pollinators and chose 3 species to target (Monarch, Honeybee, & Ruby-throated Hummingbirds).  They then selected 29 different species of plants to attract our target pollinators to the garden, providing them with both food & shelter.  Students selected these 29 species focusing on the importance of native plants.  Beginning in November the students planned the layout of the garden beds & began construction on December 2nd.  Construction lasted 3 days, with dirt work lasting an additional 3 more days.

Pollinators’ Garden made possible by contributions from:  

Prairie Band Potawatomi Charitable Contributions  

Davidson Dump Trucking & Excavating  

Kansas Sierra Club Ed Rowe Memorial Grant  

Monarch Watch Grant

Environmental Science Classes:  

Fall 2020

Bryar Barnett, Connor Baxter, Jason Baxter, Kenneth Bell, Brevin Canady, Colby Carreno, Josslyn Coulter, Chase Cramer, Berenice Donnay, Cole Dressman, Colin Everts, Haiden Foster-Holthaus, Grant Grossoehme, Isaac Hale, Morgan Harvey, Justin Hemelrick, Kaitlin Humpert, Gavin Jessepe, Maria Jessepe, Jake Kelly, Aislan Levier, Xavier McKinney, Gloria Organista, Stella Rector, Lilly Rooks, Jami Schneider, Logun Schultz, Jocie Shopteese, Catrina Smith, Mason Thomas and Halina Williamson                            

Spring 2020

Ellie Coleman, Noah Franks, Isaac Hale, Haley Harding, Devin Jackson, Emma McKinsey, Alek Mitchell, Maya Ogden, Logun Scultz, Samantha Sender, Linda Sowers, Alberto Tinajero, Quo-Jon Tye, Wah-be-Wah Wabaunsee, Jack Wiedmann and Ronald Youngs                            

Fall 2019

Caleb Boyer, Brennon Clare, Ellie Coleman, Jenna Elmer, Noah Franks, Jeanie Hester, Lejla Mahic, Emma McKinsey, Alek Mitchell, Hannah Potts, Chris Potts, Linda Sowers, Dane Spoonhunter, Alberto Tinajero, Quo-Jon Tye, Yessica Wahweotten and Jack Wiedmann



Physics students built and tested catapults

catapult with pumpkin

They used pumpkins after the Halloween pumpkin decorating contest

catapult set up

Several adjustments were needed for height and distance

Newton's cradle

Physics students built a Newton's Cradle using old bowling balls