Monarchs and pollinators need our help due to habitat loss.
If your school or non-profit educational organization is interested in this conservation measure, we can help you create a habitat for monarchs and pollinators. Please apply using this form.
If your organization qualifies, we will provide a free flat of 32 milkweed plugs as well as guidance on how to create a new habitat or enhance an existing garden. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has provided funds for this project.
You should receive a confirmation email when you submit this form. Please email
email@example.com if you have any questions.
Clear, digital photos, maps of the garden and a letter of support are required for consideration. You will be prompted to upload these documents.
APPLY NOW! Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received. Who will be considered for free milkweeds?
What's a "plug?"
The native milkweed that is awarded to qualified applicants comes in "plugs." These are live plants that have been grown in a restoration nursery. The plants are often trimmed to increase the root mass, or are trimmed for shipping. This does not harm the plants, and can actually benefit them. Unlike nursery plants, restoration plants are grown for habitat restoration, not for aesthetic value at the time of planting.
Aphids and many other greenhouse pests are herbivores. They may be on the plants because the greenhouse is growing the plants for herbivores (monarch caterpillars), and therefore they can't treat the plants with pesticides. Sometimes, when the plants arrive, they have been trimmed and they have aphids, so they look unlike plants you would get from a local plant distributor. Please plant them and tend to them. They will recover, and the aphids will probably diminish if not disappear.
Applicants that demonstrate the following will be given higher rankings:
Schools and Educational Non-Profits will be given highest priority
Educational goals of garden clearly described
A clear, long-term maintenance plan for the garden space
Adequate space (>100 square feet) and light (>6 hrs per day)
Spring/Summer/Fall nectar sources existing or to be added in addition to milkweed
Demonstrate in writing that landscape crews will not pull the plants or re-purpose the space in the foreseeable future
You will commit to sending an evaluation of the garden success and spring/summer/fall photos of the planting and maintenance of the garden
We will send a survey in the Fall for photo submissions and garden evaluations All application materials must be complete prior to review by Monarch Watch
Note: Look for important hints and examples in small, gray text
below the answer space. (Hint: The hints and examples will look like this.)
Select your ecoregion based on the results of the Cornell Yardmap ecoregion finder. Click here:
If your zip code does not yield any results, use this alternative website:
Not all Ecoregions are listed on this application. If you do not see your Ecoregion listed below, that means we do not have plants for your area. Our milkweed availability depends on donations of seed from volunteer seed collectors.
- Select - Laurentian Mixed Forest Adirondack-New England Mixed Forest--Coniferous Forest--Alpine Meadow Eastern Broadleaf Forest (Oceanic) Eastern Broadleaf Forest (Continental) Central Appalachian Broadleaf Forest--Coniferous Forest--Meadow Ozark Broadleaf Forest--Meadow Southeastern Mixed Forest Outer Coastal Plain Mixed Forest Prairie Parkland (Temperate) 255 - I found a partner organization. I will call Angie at 785-864-4850 with the name of the partner. 255 - We have no partner organization. I will call Monarch Watch for more information. California Coastal Chaparral Forest and Shrub California Dry Steppe California Coastal Steppe, Mixed Forest, and Redwood Forest Sierran Steppe--Mixed Forest--Coniferous Forest--Alpine Meadow California Coastal Range Open Woodland-Shrub-Coniferous Forest--Meadow Colorado Plateau/Arizona-New Mexico Mountains Semi-Desert 315 - I found a partner organization. I will call Angie at 785-864-4850 with the name of the partner. 315 - We have no partner organization. I will call Monarch Watch for more information. Great Plains-Palouse Dry Steppe Great Plains Steppe
If you live in Texas or S. Oklahoma, (Ecoregions 255 and 315) we can ONLY supply you with milkweed if you partner with a nearby organization. Please call Angie at 785-864-4850 if you have questions.
Organization Type - Select all that apply
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If you do not see your state listed, we do not have milkweed for your state.
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