Milkweed for Monarchs – Hospitality for Royalty

Event Details

June 15th, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Big Valley (Craven), Saskatchewan
Habitat Restoration

Come out and help us plant over 250 milkweed plugs on Big Valley as part of our restoration plan for this property! Monarch butterflies are listed as an Endangered species in Canada and milkweed plants are the only food that the larvae of these butterflies can eat. Milkweed is critical to the life cycle of the Monarchs. Without milkweed these beautiful butterflies will completely disappear; their population has already dropped an incredible 90% over the past decade.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling to the property with other volunteers (driving or catching a ride) please click here. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Big Valley (Craven)

This scenic property is a biodiversity hotspot in the Qu’Appelle River Valley, made up of 233 hectares (576 ac.) of native grasslands, mixed forests and lakeside marshlands. Just north of Craven at the south end of Last Mountain Lake, these lands conjoin with the provincial Valeport Wildlife Management Area to offer up to 1106 hectares (2734 ac.) of diverse natural habitat for wildlife, including the northern leopard frog, short-eared owl, American badger, moose, western painted turtle and the endangered whooping crane.

What you will be doing

You will be planting milkweed plugs as part of the restoration plan for Big Valley.

Why you will love it

You will be directly contributing to the conservation of the Endangered Monarch Butterfly by planting milkweed and providing this species of Prairie royalty a place to lay their eggs! The plants will also be one of the first sources of food for the caterpillars. Together, we will enhance the habitat of Big Valley!

Questions?

Contact Kayla Burak: kayla.burak@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note
Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
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:

Clothes
  • Dress in layers
  • Hat
  • Closed-toe footwear
Miscellaneous
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Necessary medications
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen