Public invited to 3rd Annual “Monarch Madness” pollinator planting party

Juliana Danaus, will demonstrate how to make milkweed seed balls.

On Sat., April 28, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, the Ventura Land Trust (VLT) will host “Monarch Madness” – a family-friendly pollinator planting event at the Big Rock Nature Preserve along the Ventura River. This 3rd annual free, open-to-the-public event is made possible by funding from SoCalGas.

VLT will demonstrate how to plant milkweed and other pollinator plants and provide attendees with instruction, gardening gloves, shovels, native plants and mulch. Special guest and monarch butterfly expert, Juliana Danaus, will demonstrate how to make milkweed seed balls and Ventura Girl Scout Troop 61135 will lead a butterfly-themed craft project.

“Thanks to generous support from SoCalGas, Ventura Land Trust will continue to repair areas burned in the Thomas Fire and replant a beautiful oasis near the Ventura River that attracts butterflies, bees and human visitors alike,” said Derek Poultney, VLT executive director.

This event is appropriate for people of all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees should wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, a hat, sunscreen and bring a water bottle.

The Big Rock Nature Preserve is located off Highway 33 along the Ojai-Ventura Bike Trail, just south of Foster Park. To RSVP, go to

For more information, visit or call VLT at 643-8044.

The land trust manages 90 acres of land along the Ventura River and is negotiating the purchase of its first hillside property. For more information, visit

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