Thank you to all of those who were able to join us for the Milkweed for Monarchs kick-off on February 17th at the National Arboretum. Your commitment to helping the monarch butterfly has garnered an incredible amount of attention and interest from around the country. As Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Foundation expressed at the event, “We hope this lights a fire that inspires conservation in young people across America. Thank you!”
Scouts, young people, and their families from every corner of our National Capital Area Council and beyond have taken the Milkweed for Monarchs Pledge, and we’ve pleased to report that we’ve provided over 500 individuals with milkweed seed packets and patches!
If you were unable to attend the February kick-off to receive your materials, do not fret. Seed packets and patches will be available for pick-up at coming District Roundtables. Or, they can be obtained at the Marriott Scout Center in Bethesda. We do recommend that you call first to make certain they’re in stock at our front desk. As well, in the near future we’ll also have the seeds and patches available at the Scout Store in Springfield. Please stay tuned to this page for an update regarding that availability. We are encouraging material pick-up so that we can extend the program for as long as possible and to as many as possible. We are doing our best to keep up with demand, but please be patient as we try to fill an incredible amount of pledges. Keep in mind that milkweed needs to be planted outside after the last chance of frost, so there is still plenty of time. If you are unable to collect materials in either of these ways, and need to have your materials mailed, please send a request c/o the NCAC Monarchs Team at NCACMonarchs@ncacbsa.org.
Want to show your love for the monarch butterfly along with a bit of Council pride? Please consider supporting our efforts by sporting the limited edition “Inspiring Conservation” Council shoulder patch. Proceeds from the sale of this patch will help offset project costs and help support Scouting’s efforts to save the monarch butterfly.
To read more about the Milkweed for Monarchs February kick-off, catch up with this article from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. And for more updates, photo submissions, and Milkweed for Monarchs success stories, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook @NCACBSA, #MilkweedForMonarchs.
As always, we’d love to hear from you. Please mail your questions, concerns, and Milkweed for Monarch success stories and photos to the NCAC Monarchs team at NCACMonarchs@ncacbsa.org.