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 2018 is Ron Willer.
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.
Monarchs at the library The Monarch Outreach team raised Monarch butterflies at the Mount Prospect Public Library. Here Brownie Girl Scout Troop # 40524 and their leaders contributed to the effort. They donated a tropical milkweed plant.
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.