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Vicki BonkCity: Minneapolis

Community Involvement:

Beginning in 1995, I have been an active environmental leader in the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA). My main focus, though, has been the Nokomis Naturescape (NN), a 4-acre native plant restoration.It began as a Neighborhood Revitalization Program partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. I forwarded the idea of a butterfly habitat garden at Lake Nokomis and then acted as NENA's project shepherd throughout a lengthy community process that led to the installation of the NN in 1998. Since that time, I have been the demonstration garden’s volunteer and educational outreach coordinator. Among the created and led outreach initiatives is the Grow Monarch Habitat workshops, now in its 11th year; the Minneapolis Monarch Festival, a successful partnership of NENA and MPRB now celebrating its 9th year; implementing a Monarch Corridor; and a partnership with Wild Ones Twin Cities to grow NN’s knowledgeable gardener base and increase our outreach efforts.

Why do you volunteer in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District?

I have been fortunate to live within the MCWD for most of my life. From...

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