Photo from MCHS press release

Minooka Community High School is planning to install 2,000 plants at the Pollinator Planting Day grand opening. 

The grand opening of the Pollinator Garden will be on Saturday, September 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. with a planting day celebration.

Brent Edwards, director of community relations at Minooka High School, said the Science department was awarded a K-12 Pollinator Grant, funded by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation last year in the amount of $10,000.

The grant allows students to create natural environments for butterflies, birds, bees, beetles and other pollinators.

The grant also lets students gain out-of-the-classroom experience in the environmental restoration field as the habitat will be installed by students in NHS, Science NHS, Environmental Science and Biology classes.

Edwards added the habitat will also be available for the entire school as an outdoor classroom.

The Foundation’s Pollinator Schools Program supports the creation of native pollinator habitats at locations in Illinois that provide K-12 environmental education programming.