City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department

2024 Milkweeds for Monarchs

Monarch butterflies have recently been classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, putting them on the verge of extinction.

Since 1992, their population has declined by 90%, mirroring the 90% decrease in milkweed plants, which are crucial for the monarch's survival. These plants are the sole food source for monarch caterpillars, but their habitats are vanishing due to habitat loss and widespread herbicide use.

We want to promote the recovery of the monarch population now. One milkweed at a time.

Join us in the effort by signing up to volunteer with the City of Des Moines Park and Recreation Department, where you will be planting milkweed at one of our parks, while learning more about the fascinating life of the monarch butterfly with Naturalist Joel Van Roekel. 

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