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Posted on: March 31, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Volunteers Needed for Monarch Butterfly Project


Since 1990, about 970 million Monarch Butterflies have vanished. Only about 30 million remain. But we can help by creating waystations along their flight pattern from Mexico through the United States to Canada.

Allen Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Keep Allen Beautiful, was awarded a small grant from the Native Plant Society of Texas to convert a 3,000-square-foot garden to one of these Monarch Waystations. This project will also promote public awareness, contribute toward the Monarch's and other butterflies' and bees' conservation, and educate the public on best practices for future Monarch and pollinator garden projects.

Complete the volunteer application to help create a refuge for Monarch Butterflies to rest and dine on milkweed at Reed Park West (near Reed Elementary).

Date: April 16, 2016

Time: 9 - 11 a.m.

Where: Reed Park West (just west of Allen Heights on Rivercrest Drive)

We are hoping to have 25-30 volunteers to:
• Plant host and pollinator plants• Spread mulch and water
• Assist with general clean-up

Please note: You will be asked to bring gardening gloves, sunscreen and hats.

For questions, please contact Kelly McGinnis at 214-509-4722 or

Register to be a Volunteer
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