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Gardening for Monarchs & Other Wildlife Workshop

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Date September 14, 2021   -   September 16, 2021
Location Virtual
Registration Required Yes
Fee Description $50

Amid COVID-19, this interactive two-day workshop will be hosted online (via Zoom) on September 14 (12pm-5pm CDT), and September 16 (12pm-6pm CDT), with plenty of breaks and time for Q & A. Registration page indicates the workshop runs Sept 14-16; however, the workshop will only be from 12-6pm on the 14th & 16th; there will be no meeting on the 15th . We will send a link to the meeting 2 days beforehand, via email.

As part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Monarch Stewards Certification Program, the Federation, in collaboration with the Alamo Area Monarch Collaborative, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Native Plant Society of Texas, San Antonio River Authority, and Texas Master Naturalists Galveston Bay Area Chapter, is offering the Monarch Stewards’ third level of training, Gardening for Monarchs & Other Wildlife with Native Plants in Texas.

To bring back the monarchs and help protect all pollinators & other wildlife we need to create native gardens in our urban & suburban spaces. Through this workshop, participants will learn to design, install, and maintain their own monarch-friendly native gardens —that also benefit many kinds of wildlife—choosing the proper native plants for their ecotype, site, and weather conditions. Workshop participants will also learn to use their new native gardens as an environmental educational tool.

Main Topics:

  • How gardening for monarchs benefits many other wildlife species
  • The human benefits of native gardening
  • Importance of gardening with native plants
  • Components of a native garden
  • Creating native gardens in Texas, what to keep in mind
  • Providing themed native gardens
  • Growing your own native milkweed, the successful technique
  • Basics of Landscape Designing (includes exercises)
  • Installing and maintaining your new native garden
  • Other resources and tools that will help you with your native gardening projects
  • Virtual Tour to a recently installed native garden

Registration Fee includes:

One copy of the second edition of the book: “Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife” by David Mizejewski, National Wildlife Federation’s Naturalist

Access to digital resources on native gardening

Copy (on notes format) of most of the workshop presentations

Further details: Please note that this is an 11-hour training course, divided into two days, with breaks between presentations and individual exercises.

Previous to the workshop, a test run session will be available to help you get familiar with the Zoom platform, and to ensure you are able to connect and stay connected on the days of the workshop. To participate, just email Shell at

The Trainers

  • Christine Anastas is a Texas Master Naturalist, Master Gardener and active member of the Native Plant Society of Texas. She has been involved with growing native milkweed plants and monarch citizen science projects since 2012. Her current citizen projects include MLMP, Journey North, Monarch Health, IMMP, Monarch Watch, and is part of the beta testing for the University of Michigan M3 Monarch Migration Project. She has developed and conducted workshops for MLMP training and community presentations on Monarch and Milkweed conservation.
  • Kim Conrow has lived in north Texas for over 50 years. She holds a BS in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Education and an MS in Science Education. Kim taught high school biology and environmental science for seven years, is a Texas Master Naturalist, member of the Native Prairie Association of Texas and has worked with the NWF through the Fort Worth Pollinator Ambassador group. She is currently the President of the Native Plant Society of Texas. She has been gardening with native plants for over twenty years.
  • Craig Hensley is a Texas Nature Trackers Biologist with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Craig is a lifelong naturalist and educator, now training community scientists across Texas about iNaturalist and helping document the flora and fauna of Texas. Craig has been educating children and adults about the natural world including monarchs for more than thirty years, as well as native plants and their use in gardens. Craig holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Arkansas Tech University and a Master’s in Zoology from the University of Arkansas.
  • Lee Marlowe is a restoration ecologist with over 20 years of professional experience working in the field of ecological restoration and natural resource management. Her expertise includes the use of native plants to provide wildlife habitat, water quality benefits, bank/site stabilization and aesthetic beauty in landscapes of all sizes. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from the University of Minnesota, and currently serves as the Sustainable Landscape Ecologist for the San Antonio River Authority and President of the San Antonio Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
  • Rebeca Quiñonez-Piñón is National Wildlife Federation's Senior Manager of Climate-Resilient Habitats and Chief Monarch Strategist. Rebeca holds a PhD in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary, and an MSc in Environmental Engineering. She has almost a decade of experience in monarch butterfly habitat restoration and conservation in the eastern U.S. flyway and Mexico overwintering grounds. As the new Chief Monarch Strategist, she will lead and facilitate the creation of a Federation-wide, science-based monarch conservation strategy, and will work with people at different levels and backgrounds to define the best strategies to implement monarch conservation programs. Rebeca also directs NWF’s Monarch Stewards Certification Program. With 2 recently awarded grants, she is leading the restoration of 150 acres of climate-resilient habitats in south, urban Texas, that will serve as ecological stepping-stones for migratory species, including the monarchs. Prior to joining NWF, Rebeca led or collaborated in 15 research projects, served as a member of the CONACYT physics and mathematics scientific evaluation committee, served as a peer reviewer for the Int. Journal of Remote Sensing, and has published peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.
  • Dawn Stover is a Research Associate with the SFA Gardens on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. She evaluates the living plant collection throughout the gardens, and coordinates production in the greenhouse and nursery facilities. In the past decade, Dawn has focused on Conservation Horticulture with the goal of collecting native plant propagules within the Pineywoods of East Texas for research at the SFA Gardens’ Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

For more information, please contact: Shell Rumohr