The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Friday, December 4, 2020

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Leadership Circle


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Village of Northbrook

Northbrook, IL

Kathryn Ciesla

Village President

Pledge Summary

The Village of Northbrook is north of Chicago and a few miles west of Lake Michigan. Northbrook's Village government and residents are firmly committed to conservation efforts to improve the health of our entire community through native ecosystem revitalization projects. Village President Sandy Frum first took the Mayors' Monarch Pledge in 2017 and has expanded programming for pollinator conservation since then, through programs such as Village reimbursements for native garden expenses. We look forward to further demonstrating Northbrook's dedication to this issue in 2021 and for years to come.

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Community Spotlight


Village Hall Demonstration Garden

To commit to the Mayors Monarch Pledge, the Village Hall Demonstration Garden was revitalized in 2020 and is now flourishing with first year native plants. This garden is being monitored with the Field Museum's Community Science Monarch project.

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Milkweed Giveaway

Village staff gave away 54 free milkweed plants and over 100 seed packets at the Northbrook Farmers Market Opening Day 2021.


Free Signs for Monarch Gardens

In Northbrook, residential gardens that sustain Monarchs during their annual migration are eligible to receive a “Let’s Make Northbrook a Monarch Way Station” garden sign.

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Field Museum's Monarch Community Science

To encourage participation in local conservation studies, the Village monitors a survey patch of milkweed for the Field Museum's Community Science program. This effort hopes to answer questions like, “what makes a pollinator garden successful?"

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Action Items Committed for 2021

Communications and Convening

  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)
  • Engage with developers, planners, landscape architects, and other community leaders and organizers engaged in planning processes to identify opportunities to create monarch habitat.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.
  • Launch or maintain an outdoor education program(s) (e.g., at schools, after-school programs, community centers and groups) that builds awareness and creates habitat by engaging students, educators, and the community in planting native milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants (i.e., National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Schoolyard Habitats program and Monarch Mission curriculum).
  • Initiate or support community science (or citizen science) efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.

Systems Change

  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native prairie and plant habitats.
  • Integrate monarch butterfly conservation into the city’s Park Master Plan, Sustainability Plan, Climate Resiliency Plan or other city plans.