The Monarch Alliance’s (TMA) mission is to educate the public about the severely declining monarch butterfly population and to plant Monarch Waystations in the community. Monarch Waystations are butterfly gardens containing milkweed and nectar yielding plants essential to Monarch butterflies’ life cycle and production of offspring. TMA’s most recent fundraising effort will support the construction of a Monarch Waystation at Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s Cool Spring Preserve in Spring 2020.
The Monarch Alliance’s grant program awards vouchers for up to $1,000 towards the purchase of native plants and native cultivars during The Monarch Alliance’s fall native plant sales at Sunny Meadows Garden Center. Please complete all sections of the application, provide required attachments, and any letters of support you wish to include. Contact John Maciolek by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Grant Application for Monarch Waystation Grant Program (applications accepted November 1 through February 1): Monarch Waystation Grant Application_Updated 9.23.2019
Ann Aldrich’s Garden Plan (all Waystation plants must come from these plans):
The Monarch Alliance (TMA) was formed as an association of Washington County, Maryland in 2015. In October of that year, TMA worked with the City of Hagerstown to establish its first Monarch Waystation at Kiwanis Park.
In 2016, TMA really grew as an organization. In that year, TMA began a relationship with Sunny Meadows Garden Center, which allows the organization to have two milkweed and native plant sales each year.
By early 2017, TMA became a program of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. TMA then began using its Sunny Meadows plant sales as fundraisers. The proceeds of these sales fund a Monarch Waystation Grant Program (see more details above) that awards purchasing vouchers to public organizations for Monarch Waystation projects.
TMA continues to grow, now expanding the reach of its educational programs into the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and Frederick County, Maryland.
One of the main missions of TMA is to educate the public about the life cycle and annual migration of the Monarch butterfly. We give presentations throughout the year to various service, birding, gardening and environmental organizations. We also set up informational booths at festivals, including Boonsboro’s Greenfest, the Green Team in Middletown, Tomato Fest in Jefferson County and Pollinator Palooza in Sharpsburg.
During the fall migration in September, TMA conducts “Monarch Discovery Days” programs. Board members and volunteers from the organization hold monarch-tagging events at the Antietam National Battlefield, Briggs Animal Adoption Center, Claymont Mansion, Catoctin Creek Nature Center and Kiwanis Park and City (of Hagerstown) Park.
In past years, TMA has also held fundraisers for projects via Crowdrise. In 2017 and 2018, TMA raised funds for monarch habitat at Fort Frederick State Park and the City of Hagerstown’s newest park, the Thomas Kennedy Memorial Park and Plaza. This year, the focus was monarch habitat at Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s Cool Spring Preserve, where a Monarch Waystation will be constructed in Spring 2020.
Other programs sponsored by TMAS include a Junior Monarch Alliance program at North Jefferson Elementary School, a Workshop on Butterflies and Native Plants at Kiwanis Park, an Annual Butterfly Count at the Antietam National Battlefield, and Arbor Day Celebration with the City of Hagerstown.
We were recently featured on Hagerstown’s WDVM news outlet, discussing the population decrease of Monarch butterflies. You can read and watch that video here.
TMA is always looking for new volunteers to grow our organization and continue providing educational events and programs to the public!