Pollinator Prairie

Project #: 220802  –   Updated: January 05, 2016

Project Summary

Certified since 2013, The Boeing Company’s Pollinator Prairie transforms a once degraded Superfund site into a community asset, attracting both pollinators and the public. Located in Olathe, Kansas, the site plays host to four pollinator-specific gardens and five native grasses and forbs plots. Through key partnerships with Monarch Watch, Pollinator Partnership and others, the team delivers a high quality outdoor learning environment open to the public year round and hosts several special events annually.

Aligning with National Pollinator Week in June, the team hosts a two-day education...

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Location (by county):
Johnson County (KS)

Watersheds:
Lower Kansas

Congressional Districts:
KS District 03

Bird Conservation Regions:
Eastern Tallgrass Prairie

USFWS Regions:
Mountain Prairie Region

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Site Name Publicly Accessible
Site 1 No

Full Project Description

Certified since 2013, The Boeing Company’s Pollinator Prairie transforms a once degraded Superfund site into a community asset, attracting both pollinators and the public. Located in Olathe, Kansas, the site plays host to four pollinator-specific gardens and five native grasses and forbs plots. Through key partnerships with Monarch Watch, Pollinator Partnership and others, the team delivers a high quality outdoor learning environment open to the public year round and hosts several special events annually.

Aligning with National Pollinator Week in June, the team hosts a two-day educational event to raise community awareness of pollinators and the Pollinator Prairie. In 2014, more than 100 youth from local summer camps attended the event and learned about the impact pollinators have on our daily lives through a honeybee demonstration and arts and crafts station. Experts were on hand to answer questions and also provided a birds of prey exhibit. During the event’s second day, the team welcomed members from the local community to tour the site and explore the well-kept gardens. Six interpretive kiosks provide detailed information about the site and each garden and include QR codes that allow visitors with smartphones to access additional information via the Pollinator Prairie website.

The team also organizes an event in September to educate the public about butterflies and other pollinators. In 2014, the team’s “Hasta Luego Monarchs” event highlighted the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and its annual migration to Mexico. Over 100 visitors learned about the butterfly’s life cycle and the important role native milkweed species play in supporting this important pollinator.

The Boeing Company also opens the Pollinator Prairie up to local master gardener groups who utilize the gardens and grasses and forbs plot as a learning tool for proper garden maintenance. Master gardener volunteers show their commitment to the program through regular removal of non-native invasive plant species and other site enhancement activities.

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The Boeing Company
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