Group launches pollinator garden scavenger hunt

Metro Wire Staff

A local environmental group is holding a pollinator garden hunt through mid-July.

To celebrate Pollinator Week, June 20-26, Central Wisconsin Wild Ones has partnered with the Stevens Point Parks Department to celebrate pollinators and the gardens that support them. The partnership resulted in a pollinator garden along the Wisconsin River shoreline at Pfiffner Pioneer Park.

Participants can visit one pollinator garden per week for up to four weeks. Anyone who visits two or more gardens, then returns a completed entry form, will be placed in a drawing for prizes. Forms can be sent to [email protected] with “Scavenger Hunt” in the subject line or mailed to CLUE, 800 Reserve St., Stevens Point, Wis., 54481. Entries are due July 18.

Ten people will each win three native perennial pollinator plants provided by Central Wisconsin Wild Ones.

The first site on the hunt is the Pfiffner Park Pollinator Garden in Stevens Point, located at the west end of Franklin Street, between the marina and the Pfiffner Building.

According to a news release from Central Wisconsin Wild Ones, volunteers from the group planted 1,400 deep-rooted native plants along the shoreline in 2021. The native plant garden helps prevent shoreline erosion, deter geese, and offers food and shelter for pollinators.

The scavenger hunt question for this site is: “Name one of the flowering native plants on the sign. What color is the flower on this plant?”

To learn more about Central Wisconsin Wild Ones, see their website or contact Amberle Schwartz at  920-629-9311 or [email protected]