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Gardening for Monarchs

Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) (Photo: David Dube)

While there are many factors contributing to the monarch population decline, conservation can start in your backyard! Not only are gardens beneficial to monarchs and other pollinators, but they can serve as a great outdoor learning space for youth or anyone interested in the outdoors! For monarchs, the most important thing to include in a garden is milkweed since that is all that monarch caterpillars can eat. In this section, you will learn more about creating a garden habitat that is attractive to monarchs and other pollinators and also how you can use the garden to engage others in exploring the natural world. Additionally, the Monarch Lab offers a Schoolyard Garden Grants program to support classrooms in growing and maintaining an outdoor learning space. Consider supporting area schools and students by donating to the Monarch Lab's Garden Grants program. 

Related Documents

  • Student Call to Action - Dr. Karen Oberhauser issues a challenge to students to engage in monarch conservation. Download and share with any students that you interact with.
  • Student Call to Action (short) - Dr. Karen Oberhauser issues a challenge to students to engage in monarch conservation. Download and share with any students that you interact with.

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