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How do I make the butterfly sign?

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. Bend your hands at the knuckles to make the butterfly flap its wings.

When can I expect to receive my Butterfly Garden Starter Packet?

If you pledged by March 30th, please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of your kit after pledging. We currently are out of kits at this time but you can still pledge your support to be entered to win the Ranger Rick Habitat Fun Pack!

Can schools, classrooms and communities take the pledge?

We encourage it! Schools and community groups that took the pledge prior to March 30, 2017 will receive their designated number of kits in 4-6 weeks. We encourage all schools and community groups to take the pledge through June 1, 2017 to be eligible for a chance to win the Ranger Rick Habitat Fun Pack! In addition, all pledged group leader can share a photo of their group butterfly garden planting for a chance at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival prize!

Can I still pledge even though you are out of kits?

We encourage individuals, families, schools and community groups to pledge your support and plant a butterfly garden. All pledges will be entered to for a chance to win the Ranger Rick Habitat Fun Pack.

Why are residents of Alaska, Hawaii and international locations not eligible to receive Garden Starter Kits?

Monarch migration routes and overwintering sites are located primarily within the lower 48 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico and as such, the milkweed species NWF distributes are not native to Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Island Territories or outside the monarch's range in North America.

What will you be doing with the submitted photos?

Photos submitted will not be used by NWF publicly unless we express interest and request formal permission for photo owner. You reserve the right to share photos on social media. Read our Official Contest Rules.

What else can I do to help the butterflies?

Share your commitment with your friends and neighbors to encourage them to be Butterfly Heroes. Check out our resources page for more information of how you can help the monarchs and all pollinators.

If I have additional questions who can I contact?

Please email with any questions.

Where can I purchase additional seeds to plant to help monarchs?

Visit local native plant sales and nature centers, botanic gardens and native plant societies or master gardener events. Ask your local garden centers for native milkweed and nectar plants and check out our Milkweed Resources page for more information.

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