The Rusty Patched Bumblebee, an important pollinator once common in the Midwest, is now on the endangered species list—and you can help save it. The Lyndale, Kingfield, and Tangletown neighborhood associations, with funding from the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources, are helping to rebuild pollinator habitat by creating a pathway of native plant gardens from Lake Street to Minnehaha Creek called the Nicollet Avenue Pollinator Pathway Project (P3).
Interested in volunteering with the Nicollet Avenue Pollinator Pathway Project? Sign up to volunteer to help a community site prepare and plant their garden! Site prep days will be in May (TBD) and planting will be on Saturday, June 10.
Pollinator Pathway Project Community Site Designs Preview Event
Tangletown, Kingfield, and Lyndale Neighborhood Associations, the Nicollet Avenue Pollinator Pathway planning team, project participants, and neighbors gathered at Butter Bakery Cafe to preview the designs of our community garden sites. The event took place on November 17 at 5:30pm and large format prints of the designs remained displayed in Butter’s windows through the end of 2022.
September 29 Pollinator Pathway Kick off Event Recap
Over seventy neighbors attended the September 29th Pollinator Pathway Project (P3) Educational Forum at Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis. Learning about native plants and bees, they started their journey to build our pathway through Lyndale, Kingfield, and Tangletown neighborhoods for the Rusty Patched Bumblebee, a native bee whose habitat has been severely diminished and is on the Endangered Species list.
Program Overview provided by: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Director of the Kingfield and Lyndale Neighborhood Associations and Andrea Siegel, Director of the Tangletown Neighborhood Association
Speakers included: Julie Weisenhorn, U of M Extension Educator and Horticulturist, Master Gardener, and master trainer of the Hennepin County Master Gardeners; Mary Mason, Hennepin County Master Gardener; and Kingfield resident Lisa Lewis, P3 Team Member and a Lyndale resident.
The link to the full presentation is on YouTube.
Event presentation resources:
Project Overview Slide deck: Intro Slides_ Creating pollinator habitat event
Presentation by Julie Weisenhorn, U of M Extension Educator and Horticulturist: Bee Habitat , ID, & Other Pollinator Information
Presentation by Master Gardener Mary Mason: P3 Pollinator Garden Plant Selections
Donations of time and/or money to support this project are welcome! Donate here in any amount to support our residential and community garden sites. Sign up here if you would like to volunteer to help our community plant in late spring 2023.
This project is supported with funding provided by the the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) through a grant from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (LCCMR and the ENTRF)
This project is funded by the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources (bwsr.state.mn.us) through grants they received from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (www.lccmr.mn.gov) and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (www.legacy.mn.gov/environment-natural-resources-trust-fund), and also with financial support from your Kingfield, Lyndale, and Tangletown neighborhood associations.