Muscatine Pollinator Park
The City of Muscatine joined forces with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Muscatine Pollinator Project to develop a 30-acre plot of land on Muscatine's south side into a native habitat. The property consists of a mix of upland, wetland, and woodland areas with predominately flat topography except for the steep slopes associated with the Muscatine Slough along the southern border.
A pollinator garden was created with seeds from roughly 40 wildflowers and 10 grasses and hosts a wide variety of pollinators including the endangered Monarch butterfly along with native bees, moths, bats, and others. The park has been certified as a Monarch Waystation.
The park also features a mile long trail with informational signs posted to highlight some of the plants and pollinators in specific areas. The park also supports the actions identified in the Regional Partners for Fish and Wildlife (Partners) Strategic Plan in restoring habitat, and serves an educational purpose with the delivery of hands-on programs to the public and educational outreach to local schools.