Help the Monarch Butterfly and get a FREE Butterfly Garden Kit! Monarch butterflies need our help. Join the National Wildlife Federation and help plant monarch butterfly food so we can continue to enjoy these iconic butterflies. Pledge now to be a Butterfly Hero and plant a garden that provides food, water and places for monarchs to lay their eggs.
PLEDGE TODAY! Upload a photo of you, making the American Sign Language sign for butterfly, as your pledge to help the Monarch butterfly. The sign for butterfly is made by linking your thumbs and crossing your two hands in front of you at the wrists with your palms facing you. After taking the pledge, you will receive a Butterfly Garden Starter Kit, while supplies last. Once you have your kit, learn how to garden and watch your wildlife garden bloom!
Win a trip for 4 to Walt Disney World by pledging by May 15, 2015!
Note: Only individuals and families are eligible to be entered in the sweepstakes. See official rules for Butterfly Heroes and Disney Sweepstakes
As a Butterfly Hero, you and your child have many opportunities to enjoy nature together. Share your child’s delight as plants grow and butterflies, bees, and birds arrive in your garden. Look for the following to experience the wonder first hand. Ask your child:
- Which flowers are most popular? Check out whether certain kinds of butterflies seem to prefer visiting certain flowers.
- Do the butterflies’ colors blend in or stand out? Are they more camouflaged with their wings open or closed?
- Can you identify the butterflies you spot? Note their size and shape, the colors and patterns on their wings, and how they fly. Then use a field guide to search for their names. You could also go online to butterfliesandmoths.org for lots of helpful information.
- Can you get close enough to watch a butterfly’s long tongue unroll? Can you use a magnifying glass to see the tiny scales that cover its wings.
- Observe leaves for tiny eggs and check back to discover caterpillar growth. Milkweed leaves with bites taken out is a first clue for finding caterpillars!
Here are some more ideas for children to make the most of their butterfly garden habitat!
Explore Enchanted Spaces
- Create an Enchanted Wildlife Garden
- Grow a Sunflower Playhouse
- Hunt for Fireflies
- Dewdrop Discovery
- Animal Homes
- Creature Survey: Count the Creatures Living in a One-Yard Grid
- Create a Pollination Station for Pollinators in Your Yard
- Soil Discoveries –What’s Under the Grass?
- Roll Seeds into Balls and Share them with Friends for their Own Gardens
- Invite Friends to Make Rain Music
- Avoid Insect Stings and Bites
Note: Remind children to always wash their hands after working and playing in the garden and not to eat or taste plants outside of the vegetable garden.
Check out NWF’s Activity Finder for more activity ideas to help you connect with nature. Use our Activity Finder to get the most out of your time to play outdoors, watch wildlife, and discover the wonder of nature.