Spring Green Garden Club of Carmel is hosting a monarch education booth at the Carmel Farmers Market on June 16 to encourage residents of Hamilton County to plant milkweed and nectar plants native to Indiana. The booth will feature a set of Monarch caterpillars hand-raised by the members of Spring Green Garden Club as part of their Project Monarch.
The booth’s goal is to educate Hamilton County residents about the plight of monarch butterflies, whose population has declined by 90 percent in the last two decades. Booth visitors can learn about the life cycle of monarch butterflies and their habitat needs, receive resources and information to establish a monarch-friendly area in their yard or on a deck and find out about citizen science opportunities.
Spring Green will also collect signatures to petition Mayor Jim Brainard to participate in the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge. Asking the mayor to create policy which provides habitats for the monarch butterfly and pollinators and educates citizens about how they can make a difference at home and in their community.