Save the Monarchs Campaign

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One of our favorite natural friends, the Monarch butterfly is disappearing**, having suffered a huge population drop in recent years due largely to widespread application of herbicides on U.S. farmlands – wiping out milkweed (the only plant Monarch larvae eat) and other native plants that adult butterflies and bees rely on for nectar.

No milkweed, no Monarchs.

Save the Monarchs Campaign – Creating the garden

Monarchs01Join the Save the Monarchs Campaign and a growing network of schools and garden shops committed to planting butterfly habitat gardens to restore islands of native milkweed (for Monarch larvae) and nectar-producing plants (for adult butterflies and bees) across the U.S. through our Monarch Sister Schools Program.

Your donation of $60 will buy 10 plants (or $30 buys five), a significant step toward planting a typical habitat garden with 100 native plants. Of course, we would be delighted if you could sponsor an entire garden with $600.

A donation of $150 will buy a set of tools for an after-school Garden Clubs to maintain its school’s habitat garden, or co-sponsor the tools with $75. By clicking the link below, you can make a tax-deductible donation to Natural Partners, a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit that created and runs the Monarch Sister Schools Program.

DONATE @ http://npartners.org/donation/index.php

Volunteers

Also, let us know if you would be interested in volunteering to help plant and maintain one of these new habitat gardens at a school in your own community!

For more information in this regard, please feel free to contact Kelly Lawhorn about the Program at Kelly@monarchsisterschools.org or (240) 997-5185, including our work with local garden shops to promote the planting of butterfly habitat gardens.

The Sad Story of the Disappearing Monarchs.

In the past, tens of millions of Monarch butterflies each fall made the journey of 2,000-plus miles from the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada to a small patch of forest in central Mexico to spend the winter, one of the most spectacular migrations of nature. Last year’s migration, however, was down 59%. This season has begun even worse. For the full story, see the NYTimes articles under ‘News” at monarchsisterschools.org, but please don’t forget to make a donation to help!

Sincerely,

William Dent
Executive Director / Natural Partners

DONATE at http://npartners.org/donation/index.php.
www.monarchsisterschools.com
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Planting day at Friends Community School in College Park, MD
Planting day at Friends Community School in College Park, MD

A Monarch Butterfly
A Monarch Butterfly

Planting day at Friends Community School in College Park, MD
Planting day at Friends Community School in College Park, MD

Planting day at Friends Community School in College Park, MD
Planting day at Friends Community School in College Park, MD

Rotarians that did the 'ground work' for the butterfly garden at Friends Community School
Rotarians that did the ‘ground work’ for the butterfly garden at Friends Community School

Just-planted garden
Just-planted garden

Chief botanist, Dr. Chris Puttock, who designed the garden at Friends Community School
Chief botanist, Dr. Chris Puttock, who designed the garden at Friends Community School

The Butterfly Garden at Govans Elementary in Baltimore with our Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Lawhorn
The Butterfly Garden at Govans Elementary in Baltimore with our Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly Lawhorn

The St. Francis of Assisi School butterfly garden sign
The St. Francis of Assisi School butterfly garden sign

Monarch Curriculum workshop
Monarch Curriculum workshop

Volunteer team leader John Ujhazy explaing to workshop attendees the garden that the Rotary Club of Greenbelt planted at Springhill Lake Elementary (Greenbelt, MD)
Volunteer team leader John Ujhazy explaing to workshop attendees the garden that the Rotary Club of Greenbelt planted at Springhill Lake Elementary (Greenbelt, MD)

typical garden sign (we make available)
typical garden sign (we make available)

The CN nursery with Chris Puttock, Exec. Director, and Kelly Lawhorn, Volunteer Coorindator
The CN nursery with Chris Puttock, Exec. Director, and Kelly Lawhorn, Volunteer Coorindator

William Dent with Kelly at the CN nursery
William Dent with Kelly Lawhorn at the CN nursery

Plants at the Blue Water Baltimore nursery that has offer to support our work with schools in Baltimore
Plants at the Blue Water Baltimore nursery that has offer to support our work with schools in Baltimore

BWB Director, Vince Vizachero, and Kelly Lawhorn
BWB Director, Vince Vizachero, and Kelly Lawhorn

For More Information

Interview with Kelly Lawhorn, Volunteer Maryland Coordinator, Natural Partners and the Monarch Sister Schools Program
(Sustainable Nutrition; Education; Natural Resources; and Livable Communities [03/23/2014] Segment 3)