The new pollinator garden on the Portland campus is attracting attention from visitors passing by, as well as from classes. The environmental science and public health programs are starting to incorporate the installation into courses.
Currently, 16 species of rare native plants are featured in the pollinator garden. The project was carried out by students working in the Office of Sustainability with the goals of supporting rare plant species, providing food and nesting area for pollinators, providing a space for academic research, and providing a mental health respite for human members of the University community. Come check out the space next time you are on the Portland campus. It is located within the “Food Forest” between Payson Smith and Luther Bonney.