Monarch and Pollinator Gardens

  • Location
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age
    4 and Under
    5 to 7 Years
  • Project created by Lange

The Problem

Hi, my name is Lily and I would like to help monarch butterflies and other pollinators in our world to thrive and maintain strong, healthy populations. I was inspired to create these gardens after a month of studying Jane Goodall and her Educational Institute Roots and Shoots program. One of the projects mentioned is to create monarch gardens in your community to help keep our butterflies and other pollinators thriving. After much studying and observing butterflies in the butterfly groves on the central coast and studying and observing hummingbirds at the Santa Barbara Botanical gardens, it became clear this project was by far the one I was most passionate about.

Our Plan

I was honored to receive a Roots and Shoots mini grant. Which offered me the opportunity to purchase enough native pollinator plants and monarch houses to a garden space. We chose to create the space at a local Santa Barbara County Park called Lake Cachuma. The rangers and naturalists offered a space on Teepee Island. It was a location that offered amazing views of the lake, resting spaces, and enough ground to create a butterfly garden to educate visitors on pollinators. With enough help from my school group, we came together and dug holes and planted for several hours establishing the garden space. The rangers helped us put the butterfly houses on large wooden poles. We also had help for the naturalist in watering the plants daily before the better rains came in our area. The garden came out beautiful and with all the extra hand to maintain it we look forward to it thriving for years to come. This garden will offer much beauty and education to our local community. The park plans to use this project it to educate others via their junior ranger program and more.

Themes Addressed

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    Habitat Destruction
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The Benefit

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