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Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative
Workshops Series:

The Mid-Atlantic Monarch Initiative, a partnership led by Environmental Concern (EC), is pleased to present an educational workshop series on Monarch butterflies.  This series will offer homeowners an opportunity to learn more about this important North American “Near Threatened” Species.

Workshop Descriptions:

Native Plants Create Healthy Habitats: Attracting Butterflies, Bees & Birds to Your Garden

We will introduce you to local native plants, show examples of species that do well in similar growing conditions, share successful planting tips that will help them thrive and more! A native plant power point will highlight characteristics and desired growing conditions of many local favorite herbaceous plants and shrubs that will attract birds, bees and butterflies. You’ll walk away with loads of information, including handouts and our plant catalog, so you can decide which native plants will work well in your yard. Pre-orders will be taken for the May 11th and 12th Spring Native Plant Sale.

March 5, 2018
6:30 to 7:30 PM
Talbot County Public Library, Easton, MD
Registration $5

Environmental Concern Celebrates Earth Day

Monarch Butterfly Workshops and Activities at Layton’s Chance Winery’s “View of the Vineyard” event. Activities and presentations will be going on throughout the day. Look for us at Site 1 along the Hayride route. This event is free.

Join us for a day all about wetlands and the native plants and wildlife that call this active habitat home.  We will introduce you to native plants, highlighting the characteristics and growing conditions of local favorites. We’ll present activities that focus on the benefits of planting native plants on your shoreline, and in your garden. Plants will be available for sale at the event. Checks, cash and credit cards accepted.

April 22, 2018
All Day
Layton's Chance Winery, Vienna, MD
Event is Free - No Registration Required

Milkweed for Monarchs:

Participants will learn about the Monarch butterfly, and the dependence of the Monarch caterpillars on native milkweed for survival. Tips for plant selection and habitat creation techniques will be discussed. These important tips will support the creation of Monarch habitat restoration projects on the Eastern Shore. Participants will tour EC’s Nursery where milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants are grown for use in rain gardens, butterfly and polinator gardens, and all of our restoration projects.

May 11
10 to 11 AM, During EC's Spring Native Plant Sale
Environmental Concern, St Michaels, MD

May 12
10 to 11 AM, During EC's Spring Native Plant Sale
Environmental Concern, St Michaels, MD

Exhibitor: Monarch and Milkweed Education Activities

July 12, 2018

Talbot County Fair
$5.00 Fee to Enter Fair

Late Season Nectar Sources

August 29th, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Environmental Concern, St. Michaels, MD

$10.00 Donation - receive a 10% discount on purchase of plants at the Fall Native Plant Sale on September 7th

Brown Bag Lunch  - BYO
EC will provide drinks.

To register please use the PayPal link
or call 410-745-9620 or email

Monarch Rearing

September 7th, 2018
10:00-11:00 AM, During EC's Fall Native Plant Sale
Environmental Concern, St Michaels, MD

$10:00 Donation - receive a 10% discount on purchase of plants

Seed Stewards for Monarchs: Collecting Milkweed Seeds

September 7th, 2018
11:00 AM - 12 noon, During EC's Fall Native Plant Sale
Environmental Concern, St Michaels, MD

$10.00 Donation – receive a 10% discount on purchase of plants

To register please use the PayPal link
or call 410-745-9620 or email

Previously offered workshops:

Spectacular Summer Butterflies
at Pickering Creek

Summer is the perfect time to marvel at elegant, vibrant butterflies! Join Pickering Creek staff and butterfly experts Theresa Murray and Frank Boyle on a summer butterfly walk. Learn about identifying features of these exquisite insects and observe the beautiful blooming plants that bring them in.

Theresa Murray has been learning about butterflies and their life cycles over the past 20 years. She currently maintains gardens with nectar plants and host plants for several butterflies including monarchs. Frank Boyle is a naturalist and butterfly specialist from Rohrersville, MD. He leads several NABA (North American Butterfly Association) annual 4th of July butterfly counts in Maryland and the mountains of Virginia. He has been chasing and gardening for butterflies for 23 years.

Mt. Cuba Monarch Tagging Workshop:

Experience the magnificent monarch butterfly migration as they venture south to Mexico for the winter. Learn how to net and tag monarchs in an effort to collect vital information on the pathways taken by migrating monarchs, the influence of weather on the migration, and the survival rate of the butterflies. Join Mt. Cuba Center and Environmental Concern educators and participate in this nation-wide effort to ensure monarch conservation strategies are helping prevent the extinction of this important pollinator.

Tag Monarchs at Pickering Creek!

Join Pickering Creek Audubon Center naturalists for Monarch butterfly tagging on two dates in September. Witness the incredible migration of the monarch while exploring the trails on the 410-acre wildlife sanctuary. Participate in the University of Kansas’s widespread Monarch Watch tagging program and learn how to protect monarch habitat in your backyard or community!

Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear good walking shoes and bring sunscreen, insect repellent and water.

Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly:

Participants will learn about the Monarch butterfly, one of the most beautiful of all of the North American Butterfly species. However, it isn’t just another pretty face. It has fascinating characteristics and abilities that no other butterfly on earth can claim. Participants will learn all about the complete metamorphosis of the Monarch butterfly and will be able to get “up close and personal” with each stage – from egg, larva, pupa, to adult.

Magnificent Monarchs Workshop

Please join Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage staff to tag and learn about the migrating habits of Monarch Butterflies.  Participants will learn about the life cycle of the Monarch and help scientists from around the continent track the astounding generational migration of the Monarchs.  This workshop is free to the public but space is limited.

Adventure into the World of the Monarch Butterfly

Please join Environmental Concern staff for a kid-friendly adventure into the world of the Monarch Butterfly! Learn about the butterfly’s life cycle and magnificent migration.  See live Monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalides, and adult butterflies!  Hold a caterpillar!  Participate in a “metamorphosis craft” and take your new friend home!

Native Plants for Happy Pollinators:

Beautiful gardens and landscapes can be designed to enhance your property value as well as provide beneficial habitat to declining populations of bees, bats, and butterflies. Participants will leave with a working knowledge of local native plants and pollinators and how to enhance your garden for their needs.

Migrating Towards Extinction:

Hanging in the balance of their very existence, the majestic and legendary Monarch butterfly continues to make headlines. This program aims to bring to light the latest news on conservation efforts, threats to the population, and what local organizations and school groups are doing to help. Join Sean McGuinn, Outdoor Educator from Arlington Echo, as he shares his expertise and great videos at Arlington Echo Outdoor Center in Millersville.

Journey North— Become a Monarch Scientist at Home:

Elizabeth Howard from Journey North joins EC remotely from Vermont as a special guest speaker.  Learn how to track monarch data from the comfort of your home while contributing to a global  study of wildlife migration and seasonal change with Journey North.  Join the movement and become a citizen monarch scientist.   

Best Management Practices for
Weed & Pest Control

Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of using integrating pest management practices and techniques for your garden. Make a difference by using herbicides properly. Help improve the water quality and the health of the Chesapeake Bay by making smart gardening decisions.


Monarch caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar

Workshops for 2018:

March 5 Native Plants Create Healthy Habitats
April 22 Earth Day Celebration at
Layton's Chance Winery
May 11 Milkweed for Monarchs
May 12 Milkweed for Monarchs
July 12 Exhibitor: Monarch and Milkweed Education Activities
August 29 Late Season Nectar Sources
September 7  Monarch Rearing
Seed Stewards for Monarchs:
Collecting Milkweed Seeds

If you are interested in scheduling a workshop or presentation please contact us.


Jessica Lister
Environmental Concern Inc.

Butterfly milkweed seedlings
Butterfly milkweed seedlings in EC's nursery />

Workshop participant 
Participants at Monarch workshop


Brochure: Using Native Plants for Butterfly Gardens

Download this PDF brochure for species recommendations to create butterfly habitat.

Native Plants-Butterfly Gardens Brochure