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Functions and values of

native plants and seed

Native landscapes contribute

to immediate and long-term

ecosystem benefits, such as:


Achieving green building site design goals


Benefiting Monarchs and pollinators


Enhancing natural beauty


Increasing wildlife habitat


Managing nutrient loading


Managing stormwater


Mitigating habitat impacts


Providing public education


Reducing operational costs and

long-term maintenance


Restoring watersheds

Advantages of Native Vegetation

Native plants are species indigenous to a particular habitat within a specific bio-geographic region.

They have certain characteristics that contribute to their success. They:

> Are adapted to the region’s soil, hydrology, and climate

> Have evolved defenses to many diseases and insect pests

> Create deep and extensive root systems, which help

to stabilize the soil column and create an environment

favorable to building fertile soils rich in organic matter

> Absorb excess nutrients from runoff, enhancing infiltration

during periods of heavy rain as well as drought

> Provide habitat for butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds,

and beneficial insects, to create greater biodiversity

The Monarch Prairie Kit | A natural place to learn

Cardno Native Plant Nursery has teamed up with an experienced environmental

science teacher to create a simple kit with the plants, tools, and lessons to help

you grow and utilize a native plant prairie on your school grounds.

This prairie will not only beautify your school landscape, it can

become the foundation for a variety of engaging lessons in math,

language arts, science, history, art, and more.

The Monarch Prairie Kit includes the Monarch Prairie

Guide. The guide takes you from the prairie planning stage through

planting, showing you how to engage your students throughout

the process, and introduce them to a career in the environmental

sciences. Once your prairie is planted, follow the links in the

guide to find complete lesson plans on the Monarch Prairie

website, as well as links to other outdoor education resources

that you can use in your prairie.

Visit the Monarch Prairie website for cost, details on the kit,

ideas, and links for grants and other funding sources.