Volunteers Make Milkweed Seed Bombs to Support Monarch Butterflies

October 18, 2018

Showy milkweed growing on our Sand Creek Greenway

We offer a special activity at many of our volunteer work days that is particularly fun for families to try–making milkweed seed bombs! The “bombs” are balls of clay, soil and native milkweed seeds that will be “cured” over the winter and distributed in the spring.

We’re cooking up some fun plans for a distribution day or days for the spring of 2019, and we have hundreds of “bombs” made, thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of our volunteers.

Once the seeds take hold, they grow into beautiful milkweed plants, and that’s

critically important to the monarch butterfly. Monarchs can’t survive without this plant, because it is the only plant the caterpillars will eat, and the monarch needs the milkweed to lay eggs.

On our volunteer work days we set up a station for folks to make the balls of clay. In a couple of hours, we can make hundreds of them! 

 

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Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership

About the Greenway

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is a jewel in the necklace of trails that has made Denver a national model for linked trail systems.

This 14-mile public greenway connects the High Line Canal in Aurora, Colorado with the South Platte River Greenway in Commerce City. Along the way, it passes through northeast Denver and the new Stapleton community.

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway is open every day from dawn until dusk. Runners, walkers, nature viewers, horseback riders, and leashed dogs are encouraged to enjoy the trail. We invite you to become acquainted with our wilderness in the city.

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