Wednesday, July 15, 2015

iDig2Learn Hosts Roosevelt Island Massive Milkweed Planting For Monarch Butterfly Corridor At Community Garden Saturday July 18 - You're invited!

iDig2Learn is a Roosevelt Island organization whose purpose:

... is to unite the community around the idea that city children benefit greatly from time outdoors in nature using their environment to explore science, math and the origin of food through plant life....
iDig2Learn's Christina Delfico reports:
iDig2Learn hosts a free Monarch Butterfly Corridor planting on Roosevelt Island this SAT July 18th from 11 AM to 3 PM Rain or shine. Meet at RI Community garden main gate at 11AM.

In partnership with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC), Roosevelt Island Garden Club (RIGC), Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS), Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) and the Girl Scouts, iDig2Learn will host a planting of the milkweed plant that monarch butterflies, which have suffered a severe loss of habitat, heavily depend upon. These destinations will serve as a flight corridor for monarch butterflies on their migrations south to warmer weather every fall.

Thanks to generous grants provided by Citizens Committee for NYC, City Gardens Club of NYC and Grow to Learn NYC, and fiscal sponsors 217PTA and RI Youth Program, this event is free.

Please join us as we form a managed milkweed haven together and restore wildlife micro-habitats here on Roosevelt Island.

As previously reported, the planned Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Green Roof will include a managed milkweed haven to serve as a flight corridor for monarch butterflies.