The Minnesota Wildflowers online field guide is the "go to" place to identify and learn about plants growing wild in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. The project was started in 2007 as a private endeavor by an amateur, in response to the lack of both quality and quantity of information about Minnesota plants available to non-botanists. For the first seven years, all work was done on a voluntary basis and most expenses paid for out-of-pocket by the volunteers. It now profiles over 1500 species of forbs, trees, shrubs, grasses, sedges and ferns, with the ultimate goal of profiling all 2100+ plant species in the state. Minnesota Wildflowers became a nonprofit organization in 2012 to provide some security for the project as a public resource in perpetuity.
The website has become an important botanical resource for natural resource managers, educators, gardeners, and nature lovers of all experience levels--anyone interested in the answer to: What is that plant - and is it a weed or not? In 2018, 785,000 users have been served, viewing over 5.2 million web pages.
In 2014, the project received partial funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources and this was extended for another 3 years in 2017. This funding covers all publishing plus field work within Minnesota. While it is allowing our tiny staff of two to dedicate their full resources to the project, we are at a point where out-of-state travel is required to get the last 100+ species on our list. Your donations help cover this and other operating expenses and are allowing us to build a safety net for when the grant monies run out.
If you find Minnesota Wildflowers is a useful resource, your donation will help us make it bigger and better.
Thank you for your support!
Katy Chayka & Peter Dziuk