Helping pollinators, getting our hands dirty, and having a great time

Five middle school students throwing something in a grasslandStudents at Friends School of Minnesota study pollinators, their importance in ecosystems, and the many ways pollinators are threatened. They also learn about how we can all help pollinators. 

Our students have taken action to protect pollinators by ­advocating for the elimination of ­neo­nicotinoid ­pesticides and working with the National Park Service to ­create and throw “seed bombs” to restore native habitat that is beneficial for pollinators (pictured).

Over the past few years, we have hosted seed bomb booths at local ­festivals and at the plant sale. Creating seed bombs is mission-aligned for our school and allows us to take a topic we study at school and share it with the broader community. The more we can help restore native habitat the better.

­Make a seed bomb with us at the Friends School Plant Sale!  

Find us at select times on Friday and Saturday to get your hands dirty and make a seed bomb. You can take the seed bomb with you and throw it where you would like to encourage native plants to grow. We will be at the big tent in the Garden Fair. A schedule will be posted at the tent. This is free and all ages are welcome — from 2 to 102! 

The seed mix we use: “Insectopia” comes from Prairie Moon Nursery based in Winona, Minnesota.