Mid-State Speaker Series

Mid-State Speaker Series

The Mid-State Speaker Series connects Mid-State instructors and staff with our students, education partners, and colleagues across the Wisconsin Technical College System. The resulting collaboration brings stimulating presentations on hot topics to our communities. Explore what’s happening in our communities and beyond—and find out what it all means to you.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Most are approximately two hours in length, from beginning through Q&A.


No sessions scheduled.


Protection of Butterflies and Other Pollinators

Richard Breen, Mid-State Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Instructor

Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Wisconsin Rapids Campus Auditorium      

The monarch butterfly may be the poster insect for pollinator protection, but its challenges are not unique. Loss of habitat, changing environmental conditions, and many other factors are dramatically impacting a large percentage of pollinator species. This presentation takes a quick look at trends and causes, with a focus on what can be done to welcome and sustain a healthy pollinator population in our area: prairie restoration; Monarch Waystations; native seed banking; wild flower and host plant gardens; and improved mowing management. Many local individuals and organizations are already involved in these efforts. Come to learn more and find out how you can help create a welcoming community for more beautiful butterflies!

Note: The views and opinions expressed in the Mid-State Speaker Series are those of the speakers and participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Mid-State Technical College.