The week of June 20-26 celebrates Pollinator Week. It is an annual celebration that shows support for pollinator health. It was brought to life by Pollinator Partnership. There are many ways to be involved in the celebration this week, such as planting for the pollinators.
As part of its commitment to sustainability, Concordia College is full of pollinator life. Around campus there are native plants, a miniature prairie, the living classroom, a pollinator garden, and other plant life. Concordia also maintains a campus garden that reduces the amount of pesticides as much as possible. The garden is open to anyone who wishes for some vegetables or fruit.
Since 2020, the college has been part of the Bee Campus USA program that promotes education and awareness for pollinators on college campuses in the nation. The committee is composed of staff, faculty, and students. The group sponsors annual Bee Campus events, service-learning projects, habitat maintenance, and educational opportunities.
Two 1993 Concordia graduates made it their mission to transform Moorhead’s smallest park, Daily Park, from a simple 0.01-acre triangular traffic median to a pollinator habitat.
Amy Anderson, a program coordinator with the Small Business Development Center, and Eric Bailly, adopted the park last year and planted perennial plants native to the area that consist of swamp milkweed, prairie grass, and black-eyed Susans. In April, the City of Moorhead recognized the couple’s efforts with its MoorHeart Award.
Concordia College works hard to maintain good sustainability by putting programs in place to do so and educating students on the importance of giving back to the Earth.