Sowing the seeds; Student field trip provides for native plantings

Community Editor
FLAHS landscaping students plant plants they grew from seeds during a field trip to the Forest Lake/Comfort Lake Watershed District office.

On May 25, the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District collaborated with Prairie Restorations to host a field trip for Mike Miron’s Forest Lake Area High School landscaping class to the watershed district office.

“The CLFLWD purchased a variety of native plant seeds from Prairie Restorations in February,” watershed program assistant Mike Sorensen said. “Students from Forest Lake High School and the Forest Lake Area Learning Center grew the seeds in the schools’ greenhouses over the late-winter and early-spring.”

The May 25 excursion coincided with the plants having grown to plug size. Students from FLAHS used the plants to improve existing native planting projects at the district office and at the city of Forest Lake-owned dead end street by Gator Signs at 2nd Ave. NE.

Jeff West, the manager of the Scandia office of Prairie Restorations, volunteered his time to attend the field trip. He provided the students with an introduction to the value of native plants and also taught them how to install and care for native plantings.