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Our volunteers are amazing! And while many of the plants that benefit monarchs the most are native species that don’t require a lot of upkeep, Native Monarchs still has some costs to cover.

Creating Monarch habitat (especially in arid states like California) involves planning and landscaping for seasonal water shortages (implementing less thirsty solutions like deep drip irrigation and mulch to prevent water-loss). And getting habitat established can require periods of extra TLC, particularly in dry seasons or during periods of drought due to climate change.

Supporting Native Monarchs can make a real difference; from expansion of habitat to providing and improving resources for our partners and volunteers. Everything we do directly benefits Monarch butterflies and other critical pollinators.


Native Monarchs hold regular volunteer events (including with local scouting chapters) to maintain and establish different phases of Monarch habitat development in Ventura County and surrounding areas.

volunteers creating habitats
volunteers creating habitats

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There’s a lot you can do on your own to contribute to the effort to save Monarch butterflies and establish crucial habitat along migratory routes.

In addition to developing Monarch habitat in your own backyard, (on your apartment balcony, the vacant lot on your block etc.), you can become a milkweed seed collector.

Collecting and storing local varieties of milkweed seed and other native plants is easier than you’d think. And though nectar plants (native and otherwise) can be an important source of food, milkweed is critical to Monarch conservation because it is the ONLY plant that Monarchs will lay their eggs on.

milkweed illustration


Commercial land owners like golf courses, schools and businesses who have land that can be utilized for drought tolerant, native flora and intentionally planting pollinator habitats can make a huge contribution to helping our mission. Click below to see what this can look like in practice.

Other Ways to Contribute

Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count: From November to January, volunteers observe numbers and milkweed availability in California overwintering sites.

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Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper: Online or via an approved mobile application. Monarch migratory routes on the West coast stretch from Southern California to Washington State. Highest priority is in early spring.

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Volunteer Events

Wine & Weed Event SHGC September 2020

Boy Scouts at SHGC October 2020

Boy Scouts at SHGC November 2020

Boy Scouts at SHGC October 2021