Monarch-Milkweed Initiative at St. Marks NWR

The Monarch-Milkweed Initiative at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge began in 2015 as the Federal Government's response to declines of pollinator numbers, especially the monarch butterfly. With a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Refuge staff constructed a small greenhouse to begin growing native milkweeds.

Located at the Refuge's Work Center at 7300 Coastal Highway, Crawfordville, FL, the nursery area now includes three additional structures.

We hold volunteer workdays at the nursery to help raise the plants, survey populations of native milkweeds, and collect seeds. Currently the workdays are held on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. 

Contact Gail Fishman at or see the Facebook page at for more information about the project and how to volunteer.