Catch the monarch butterfly migration this fall

By Ginny Varraveto, contributed by Johnson County Extension 

Did you know that each fall the Kansas City area has the chance to witness one of North America’s most incredible natural phenomena?

From August through November, millions of monarch butterflies migrate through the region on the way to Mexico. It is the final leg of a multigenerational relay of […]

Reserve native trees & shrubs now for spring

Start planning now for spring planting by ordering native tree seedlings for as little as 34 cents each from Missouri Department of Conservation’s popular annual sale. The sale starts September 1st and many plants sell out quickly. Here’s how you can tap this resource.

The MDC George O. White State Nursery grows three-million tree seedlings each year and […]

August 30th, 2023|Conservation, Native plants, Prairie|0 Comments

Care for urban trees as a Tree Keeper

Tap into the world of trees and learn from arborists and urban foresters about their care. The Heartland Tree Alliance Tree Keepers will host a series of classes beginning Thursday, September 7.

The goal of Tree Keepers is to provide a corps of trained volunteers as a resource for local municipalities, school districts, and neighborhood associations […]

Embark on a butterfly adventure: Festival of Butterflies opens July 20

Explore butterflies around the world at the annual Festival of Butterflies at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden, from July 20 to August 6.

Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to celebrate the Midwest’s most whimsical pollinator at Powell Gardens. Spend a day outdoors exploring tropical and native butterflies alongside stunning botanic displays.

In 2023, Festival of Butterflies will explore butterflies […]

July 19th, 2023|Butterflies, Conservation, Education, Event, Pollinators|0 Comments

Tap 8 wonderful ways to save water

With less than one percent of water on Earth deemed usable for drinking, we need to protect the clean water we have and use only what we need.

Conserving water and keeping waterways clean benefits everyone by reducing the energy needed to treat water, reducing water contamination from polluted runoff, preserving wetlands that naturally clean […]