The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Date

Friday, March 17, 2023

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Village of Elwood

Elwood, IL

Doug Jenco

Village President

Pledge Summary

The Village of Elwood is a small farming community located in Illinois with a population of approximately 2200. The Village of Elwood has an award-winning Children’s Garden which is visited annually by thousands of area citizens. Within the garden, we commit to plant locally appropriate milkweed and additional blooming nectar species to enhance our already existing hundreds of blooming nectar species both annuals and perennials which are available to feed adult monarchs.

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Children's Garden

Garden full of pollinators, flowers, etc.

Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.
  • Create a community art project to enhance and promote monarch and pollinator conservation as well as cultural awareness and recognition.
  • Engage with community garden groups and urge them to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • 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).
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.