On Saturday, February 2nd, the National Capital Area Conservation Committee will kick-off the 2nd year of Milkweed for Monarchs, Inspiring Conservation in Scouts and Their Families. This year’s program is again presented by the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, and will be hosted by George Washington University.
Scouters and their families will have the opportunity to learn from national monarch expert, Pete Berthelson, about growing milkweed and providing habitat for monarchs and other pollinators. He’ll teach about providing pollen and nectar throughout the entire year, options for growing milkweed and native flowers from seed, the importance of seed-soil contact, and our role in making a difference.
“Monarch butterflies are crucial to agriculture and plants of all kinds,” said Will Rodger, Chair of the NCAC Conservation Committee. “We can save them as long as Scouts and other Americans ‘Do Their Best’ to help them.”
The youth-friendly presentation is sure to inspire attendees to take action to help save the vanishing monarch butterfly through the building of a healthy and sustainable pollinator habitat. In addition, Scouts and others who attend will receive a free Milkweed for Monarchs patch, plus an easy-to-use seed packet of milkweed and other native, nectar-producing plants that nourish monarch caterpillars and butterflies throughout the growing season.
“Planting and encouraging milkweed and wildflowers are the most important things we can all do right here, right now,” said Rodger.
Scouters and others are invited to attend, but registration is limited. The event will take place on February 2nd from 10 am to 12 pm at George Washington University, Room 113, 1957 E St. NW, Washington DC. For more information or to register, please visit www.ncacbsa.org/monarchs.