Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Trail
The 4-H Monarch Movement project is the youth component of the effort by the University of Georgia Fayette County Extension Office and Master Gardener Extension Volunteers to create a Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Trail in Fayette County. Begun last fall, the 4-H project will provide education for the youth involved through monthly meetings and hands-on activities. It will also help promote awareness about the drastic decline in the monarch butterfly population due to the loss of milkweed, the only plant that can nourish the growing caterpillars after the monarch lays its eggs.
In November, the 4-H participants planted seeds in the greenhouse located in the old Fayette County High School and this spring they will transfer the seedlings to a special 4-H garden at the Veterans Memorial in Patriot Park. Each year new 4-H members will add native nectar-producing plants to this garden to attract the monarch and other pollinators.
The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.