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Mayor's Monarch Pledge

Contact Information

Parks & Recreation Department1000 Krenek Tap Road979.764.3486

The National Wildlife Federation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services initiated an effort to save the butterfly population by creating the Mayor's Monarch Pledge. The campaign calls on government leaders to commit to specific actions in their communities to protect the threatened butterfly.

Texas A&M researcher and butterfly enthusiast Craig Wilson introduced the operation to College Station Mayor Nancy Berry and Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski, who signed the pledge in January.

To honor the promise, the City of College Station is creating a monarch-friendly demonstration garden at Lick Creek Park and a butterfly trail near the new Lick Creek Nature Center. In addition, mowing schedules have been altered to allow milkweed to grow, and milkweed and other plants that benefit pollinators are being placed in community and school gardens to educate and engage our citizens.

The College Station Parks & Recreation Department is collaborating with Keep Brazos Beautiful and the A&M Garden Club to help restore and conserve the declining population. More than 50 pounds of milkweed seed has been planted at Veterans Park & Athletic Complex, Richard Carter Park, Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, Memorial Cemetery, and the Aggie Field of Honor.

How Can You Help?

We encourage everyone with a bit of a spare garden space to plant native milkweed and other nectar-producing plants. Becoming part of this community effort will help one of the great wonders of nature continue and will give you a front row seat to watch the spectacular metamorphosis and migration.

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
Download our checklist on how to start your butterfly garden!
---> Checklist (PDF)

WAYSTATION TIPS:

  • Prime time for planting milkweed is early spring and fall.
  • Pick a spot with lots of sunshine.
  • Light soils are better than those with heavy clay.
  • Gardens need a combination of milkweed and nectar plants such as Black-Eyed Susans, Purple Coneflowers, and Joe-Pye Weed.
  • Make sure your garden is pesticide free.
  • Look for the monarch caterpillar in spring and early fall.

DON'T HAVE GARDEN SPACE?
Register to start a butterfly garden in one of our neighborhood or community parks. Download and email the Monarch Community Waystation (PDF) to parks@cstx.gov.

Are you ready to do your part? Stop by Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office at 1000 Krenek Tap Rd. on weekdays between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to receive two free milkweed seed packets per household. Seed packets will cover more than 20 square feet.

Gardens

BEE CREEK PARK 
1900 ANDERSON ST.

A concerned group of community partners has joined to form Butterflies in the Brazos to help restore the monarch population by planting milkweed and other nectar-producing plants in community and neighborhood parks.

RICHARD CARTER PARK 
1800 BRAZOSWOOD DRIVE

The A&M Garden Club hosted a Wildseed Planting Day, or "Seed Stomping" as the A&M Garden Club President Helen Quinn nicknamed it, at Richard Carter Park on Oct. 21 to support Butterflies in the Brazos and the Mayor's Monarch Pledge. Organizations involved include; The A&M Garden Club, College Station Parks & Recreation, Texas A&M Entomology Graduate Students Organization, Keeping Brazos Beautiful, La Villita Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. This Wildscape and No Mow Zone at Carter Park will be a great addition of an area for pollinators to support Butterflies in the Brazos.

GABBARD PARK 
1201 DEXTER DRIVE
 Take a look at the butterfly garden at Gabbard Park (1201 Dexter Dr.) created by The Texas Master Naturalist- Brazos Valley. The Texas Master Naturalist program is comprised of “master volunteers” that provide educational and outreach services aimed at the improved management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

AGGIE FIELD OF HONOR
3800 RAYMOND STOTZER PARKWAY
The Parks Department continues to plant a variety of nectar producing plants and milkweed to attract the monarchs and other butterfly species as they make their way through the Brazos Valley.

Want to Know More?

---> Butterflies in the Brazos-Facebook
---> Pollinator Partnership- Register your site
---> Plants that Attract Butterflies
---> Former First Lady and 'Monarch Wrangler' Laura Bush 
---> Parks for Monarchs
---> Butterfly Heroes

Community Partners

---> A&M Garden Club
---> Brazos Valley Texas Master Naturalist
---> Keep Brazos Beautiful 
---> Monarch Gateway

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