Land Trust partners with Madras, Warm Springs, and Prineville groups to plant monarch gardens

Nov 09, 2020
The Land Trust is working on creating monarch gardens with native milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants throughout Central Oregon. Learn more about our efforts...


The Land Trust recently partnered with several Madras, Warm Springs, and Prineville groups to build new monarch butterfly gardens in the region.

Museum at Warm Springs staff and Land Trust staff help plant a new monarch garden. Photo: Land Trust.
Museum at Warm Springs staff and Land Trust staff help plant a new monarch garden. Photo: Land Trust.
In early October, stewardship staff Amanda Egertson and Peter Cooper delivered plants for monarch gardens to Warm Springs Academy, the Museum at Warm Springs, Buff Elementary in Madras, and the Madras United Methodist Church. The gardens will include native plants like milkweed, buckwheat, penstemons, arrowleaf balsamroot, and many other wildflowers. These partners planted some of the plants on site and then also gave some away to the community (check out the photo of happy recipients below!).



Volunteers help plant a new monarch garden at the Crooked River Wetlands Complex in Prineville. Photo: Land Trust.
Volunteers help plant a new monarch garden at the Crooked River Wetlands Complex in Prineville. Photo: Land Trust.
Then in mid-October, the Land Trust partnered with the Crooked River Wetlands Complex in Prineville to bolster their native plantings. Land Trust and Wetlands volunteers led by Chuck Gates and Mary Pogany planted 300 milkweed and other pollinator plants around the wetlands. Thanks to these volunteers for helping out on a blustery fall day!

Huge thanks to all our partners for helping create more habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators! The Land Trust is looking forward to creating more monarch gardens with native milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants throughout Central Oregon. Monarch butterflies and other native pollinators like bees, bats, and moths play important roles in the natural world. Some pollinators—like the monarch butterfly—are struggling to thrive here in Central Oregon. We can all help by planting more milkweed and other pollinator friendly plants.


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Happy Buff Elementary students with their new milkweed to take home. Photo: Tracey Sklenar.
Happy Buff Elementary students with their new milkweed to take home. Photo: Tracey Sklenar.