Wild Whittier - Restoring our Natural Habitat
Monarch Caterpillar on Milkweed
A monarch caterpillar explores a milkweed leaf in the Whittier Pollinator Garden

Whittier is nestled into a bustling urban neighborhood, but it all bustles with bees, butterflies, birds and more.  Schools and parks have a big role to play in creating "pockets of nature".  These small patches of natural beauty inspire curiosity in our students and help sustain endangered species like the rusty patched bumblebee.  Take a look around at what our students have been doing to restore natural habitat at Whittier:

Whittier Pollinator Garden: a sea of grasses, wildflowers and milkweed plants that buzzes with life throughout the seasons.

Arbor Day Trees: On May 11, 2019 our students and families planted 29 native MN trees in Whittier Park.  As a community we are watering, pruning, and monitoring the health of these trees so that they can provide shade and wildlife benefits for many generations. 

Alley Rain Garden: In May of 2020 we planted the Alley Rain Garden along 27th Street to keep storm run off from carrying pollutants to Lake of the Isles and create an oasis of pollinator friendly, drought-resistant, Minnesota native plants.

Together, these pockets of nature form "Wild Whittier", an interconnected web of restored habitat. 

If you are interested in learning more about Wild Whittier, text 612-205-8828 or email jcarl001@mpls.k12.mn.us