District to Continue Monarch Butterfly Stewardship

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At its June 26 meeting, the Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners passed a resolution to formally commit the District’s continued practices of working with the DuPage Monarch Project and being a leader in the maintaining and promoting of monarch habitats throughout Elmhurst.

The decline of the monarch butterfly has raised public awareness in calling for organizations to help protect these species and foster habitats for monarchs and other pollinators.

The Elmhurst Park District has been a community leader in providing these habitats since 2007 by expanding the availability of native milkweed, installing a butterfly garden within Wilder Park and obtaining certification of four monarch way stations throughout the parks. District staff also worked with local Eagle Scouts to install more than 30 bee boxes for pollinators within parkland.

On July 9, The Elmhurst Garden Club along with the Cool Cities Coalition will host a Children’s Monarch Fest in Wilder park in conjunction with the 2017 Garden Walk and Faire.