EAST KINGSTON — Plant it and they will come! Monarch butterfly populations are declining. You can help monarchs by planting milkweed in your yard. They require milkweed for breeding, with monarch caterpillars feeding exclusively on their leaves. On Friday, June 26 at 10am, Pollinator Pathways NH is teaming up with the East Kingston Public Library to offer two free milkweed seedlings, along with lots of information on how to create monarch habitat and some fun kids’ activities, too. You can even learn how to become a Monarch Waystation like the East Kingston Public Library and the Kingston Rec Center!
When: Friday, June 26 at 10am
Where: East Kingston Public Library, 47 Maplevale Rd, East Kingston (curbside pickup)
Participants can choose either common milkweed or swamp (or rose) milkweed, which is ideally suited for wet or swampy areas (hence the name).
Milkweed seedlings and handouts will be available for curbside pick up outside the library to support social distancing. Available while supplies last! No registration is necessary.
Additionally, East Kingston residents can get additional pollinator plants as part of Pollinator Pathways NH effort to create connected habitat for butterflies, bees and other pollinators in East Kingston. Email pollinatorpathwaysNH@gmail.com before Thursday June 25 to see what plants are available and pick them up at the same time.
Pollinator Pathways NH is a community effort to restore natural habitat and is supported by Conservation Commissions in 12 towns – Atkinson, Chester, East Kingston, Epping, Fremont, Hampton, Kensington, Kingston, Newton, Newmarket, Raymond and Rye. Follow Pollinator Pathways NH on Facebook; subscribe to monthly email newsletters at pollinatorpathwaysNH@gmail.com.