The Monarch Outreach team was formed in 2014 in response to the Garden Clubs of Illinois President's Project, Milkweed for Monarchs. Since then the team has spoken at local schools, local scout groups and community gatherings and groups. Chair for 2020 was Ron Willer.
2021 Sherry Grobe, Nancy Reese and Ron Willer, from the Monarch Outreach team and the Mount Prospect Monarch Facebook group, presented a virtual program via the Mount Prospect Public Library.
2020 Sadly, the many plans of the committee, headed by Ron Willer, were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic when Earth Day at Friendship Park Conservatory and the village Public Works open house were both canceled. Embracing the opportunity for a virtual presentation, Sherry Grobe, Nancy Reese and Ron Willer presented a Zoom program for members of the Mount Prospect Monarch Facebook group and the Garden Club.
Public Works Open House 2019 The Monarch Outreach team shared information about Monarchs to the Mount Prospect Public Works Open House. Children were able to play the Monarch migration game.
Earth Day 2019 at Friendship Park Every year the Monarch Outreach team has a table during the Earth Day event at Friendship Park Conservatory.
Earth Week 2019 at Oakton College Oakton College asked members of the Garden Club and the Mount Prospect Monarchs Facebook group to give a presentation at during Earth Week. Speaking to the students and staff were (from left) Nancy Reese, Ron Willer and Sherry Grobe, founder of the Facebook group.
Public Works Open House 2018 The Monarch Outreach team brought the Monarch migration game to the Mount Prospect Public Works Open House.
Earth Day 2018 Every year the Monarch Outreach team has a table during the Earth Day event at Friendship Park Conservatory.
Boy Scout project, 2017 In June of 2017, the Garden Club of Mount Prospect and Boy Scout Dan Macina received a National Garden Clubs grant for a Youth Pollinator Garden as part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. Dan’s Eagle Scout project was to create a butterfly garden at Fairview School in Mount Prospect. The Garden Club provided inspiration, advice and guidance. The club partnered with the Mount Prospect Park District Friendship Park Conservatory to grow milkweed, some of which was provided free of charge to Dan’s project. Members also offered native plants from their gardens.
Milkweed Seeds If you grew milkweed this summer, please remember to “harvest” your seeds. Collect your pods (you should remove the seeds from the pod – do not place them in a plastic bag), keep them dry to prevent mildew and mark them as to the variety. The seeds will be used by our own Monarch Outreach team in our local community. For more information, contact Ron Willer, via the contact page of this website.