Mowing to Monarchs

monarch butterflies by milkweed

Mowing to Monarchs Program:

Mowing to Monarchs (M2M) is a program established by the Dubuque County Conservation Board and the Dubuque County Master Gardners to provide resources and tools to private landowners to convert turf grass over to pollinator-friendly habitat. Since the program was established in 2020 over 50 landowners have successfully converted nearly 5,000 square feet of turfgrass to what is defined as pocket prairie habitat throughout Dubuque County. 

Why are these pollinator plantings important?

Ask any child in elementary school what is the most endangered ecosystem in the entire world. Chances are likely you'll hear them say the rainforest or coral reefs. However, the most endangered ecosystem is right beneath your feet and we don't study it in schools. The tallgrass prairies. Endangerment is a term that comes down to the risk of loss. We have already lost so much and now have less than 0.1% of the original tallgrass prairie remnants left in Iowa. However, small steps in the right direction one pocket prairie at a time can help educate the public on a restorative path for nature. 

Individual Landowner Grant: Mowing to Monarchs offers a combination of workshops, private coaching, planting guides, and funding for native pollinator planting in lawns. Dubuque County residents can apply to be awarded a predefined mix of prairie plant plugs (the equivalent of up to $350/household).for the establishment of pollinator habitat in their yard. Applications for 2022 projects open November 1st, 2021, and can fund up to 60 landowners. Funding decisions and all notifications will be emailed by January 3rd for spring 2022 installations. A mandatory workshop will be held with a later date being scheduled for seed/ plant pick up. 


  • Maintain for the 3-year minimum. 
  • Must be a Dubuque County Landowner. 
  • Must have a location in full sun or at least 6 hours of full sun for your pocket prairie. 

Applications for 2022 are no longer being accepted. If you'd like to be notified when they open, please email Outreach Coordinator Kaytlan.