Growing a Garden of Butterflies

Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School’s Garden Club has been helping to increase the dwindling monarch butterfly population by running an informational community service campaign.

After learning about the decrease in the species and what monarch butterflies do to help the environment, the students created and distributed “Save the Monarch Butterfly” bags throughout the school community.

One of the factors for the population decrease is attributed to the diminished number of milkweed plants and changes in the environment. Therefore, the bags contained three different types of seeds, each of which are important to the cause. These included milkweed seeds for the northbound butterflies to lay eggs on, and black-eyed Susan and sunflower seeds for the southbound butterflies to feed on. In addition, the packages contained milkweed balls for the recipients to place in fields to help promote breeding grounds for the butterflies.