NENA is offering its 10th Annual “Grow Monarch Habitat” workshop on Saturday, May 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Nokomis Community Center, 2401 East Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis. This kid friendly session offers a wealth of information for both beginning and advanced gardeners.
As the number of monarch butterflies has plummeted in the last few years, researchers and naturalists are urging people to create monarch habitat in urban and suburban areas throughout the Midwest Corn Belt, to replace lost agricultural habitat, especially milkweed. This how-to workshop will provide the information and essential plants to get started.
The presentation covers the monarch life cycle, habitat needs, the role of milkweed, the annual migration and an introduction to the plants in the “Monarch Garden-to-Go”. The kit is available in 2 choices and contains 12 local native host, nectar and shelter plants to get you started. There is a registration fee for the kits, with a May 8th deadline. Attendance is free for participants who do not want the kit.
The project was the impetus for the Growing Monarch Habitat program and the Minneapolis Monarch Festival www.monarchfestival.org