Getting Started

Be a Butterfly Hero

Monarch butterflies need our help. Join the National Wildlife Federation and help plant monarch butterfly food so we can continue to enjoy these iconic butterflies. Pledge now to be a Butterfly Hero and plant a garden that provides food, water and places for monarchs to lay their eggs.

How to pledge

Enter your photo on our Butterfly Heroes Pledge of you, your family, or your community making the American Sign Language sign for butterfly. The sign for butterfly is made by linking your thumbs and crossing your two hands in front of you at the wrists with your palms facing you.

Get Planting

Check out our Learning to Garden page to get helpful tips on starting your wildlife garden! For example, be sure to plant your seeds in a sunny spot with some protection from the wind. Keep an eye out for animals! Take notes on the wildlife in your garden and the types of caterpillars your garden attracts. Your butterfly garden seeds will sprout in the spring, grow in summer and fall, and then come back next year! Share a photo of your garden on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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