Marvellous Milkweed Seed Collection – University of Guelph Field Day

Event Details

October 5th, 2018, 1:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Backus Woods (St. Williams), Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Monarch butterflies are a familiar sight in many gardens and natural spaces, but their numbers have dropped significantly and they are now considered a species at risk. NCC is planning to restore 28 hectares of habitat for monarchs and other native pollinators in the Southern Norfolk Sand Plain Natural area, but to do that we’ll need seed, and lots of it! Come help collect seed from milkweed, a plant these beautiful butterflies rely on to reproduce, and contribute to habitat restoration in action!

Following the event, NCC staff will discuss their career paths, talk about the value of internships, and answer questions about what it’s like to work in the field of conservation.

For those who require transportation from the University of Guelph please contact Heather Pollock ( to make arrangements. Seats are limited.


Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Backus Woods (St. Williams)

Backus Woods is a spectacular gem in the heart of Carolinian Canada, north of St. Williams and Port Rowan. Comprising less than 1% of Canada’s land mass, Carolinian Canada is home to 25% of Canada’s population, contains some of the nation’s most productive agricultural lands and provides habitat for nearly 25% of Canada’s endangered species. Restored agricultural fields on this 817 hectare (2020 ac.) property have been planted with native species to provide meadow habitat for the endangered monarch butterfly, eastern foxsnake, Jefferson salamander, prothonotary warbler and American ginseng.

What you will be doing

You will help collect seed from butterfly milkweed and other plants which benefit native pollinators. This seed will be used to help create habitat for monarch butterflies, as well other native butterflies and bees. You will be walking in a relatively flat restored tallgrass prairie site, and bending to collect seed from low growing plants.

Why you will love it

You will enjoy learning about local native wildflowers and pollinator biology. You will get to see a 9 year old ecological restoration site up close, and contribute to the restoration of a new site. We will also provide small packets of native wildflower seeds so that you can create your own pollinator habitat at home! NCC staff will describe their career paths, discuss the value of internships, and answer questions about what it’s like to work in conservation.


Contact Liv Monck-Whipp:

Please Note

The plants we will be collecting seed from have sticky sap, so please wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and sticky!

Additional event details will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Closed-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Snacks
  • Any necessary medications