Grand Opening: Monarch Way Station
Saturday, August 14th @ 11am
Come and join us as we celebrate the opening of an official Monarch Way Station/Butterfly Garden at the NEW Zoo on Saturday, August 14th. We’ll be kicking the festivities off at 11:00am with a ribbon cutting followed by informational classes about planting a butterfly garden and the life cycle of the butterfly at 11:30am & 1:00pm.
Designed and Planted by Volunteers
Designed and planted by dedicated volunteers, this new addition can be enjoyed as visitors make their ascent to the giraffe feeding platform near the center of the facility.
“Butterfly gardens are not only beautiful, but easy to maintain. They can be somewhat formal plantings, or incorporated in a prairie garden. Even apartment dwellers can grow potted plants that attract host butterflies”, stated garden creator Diane Rockhill.
Help Preserve the Monarch Population - Create a Way Station at Home
Growing interest in butterflies, specifically the Monarch, stems from their declining population and interested gardeners seek to ensure the continued existence of the Monarch by creating “way stations” which offer a safe harbor in the wake of the loss of their natural habitat.
Stop on out and learn just how easy it would be replicate the NEW Zoo’s Way Station in your own backyard! We’re making it easy to get you started: Scenic View Garden Center and Silo Prairie Gardens, contributors to the butterfly landing at the Zoo, will be on hand selling plants-just attend one of the educational sessions and register to win a free plant to take home with you.
Take Home a Rain Barrel
And, don’t forget, the NEW Zoo also sells rain barrels! As a proud partner with the Habitat for Humanity Restore, rain barrels are on sale at the Paws and Claws gift shop for $45! (Proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity) Save on your water bill and conserve our precious resources, too!