The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is hosting Bring Back the Monarchs on Saturday, May 20, 2017 to commemorate National Park Trust’s Sixth Annual National Kids to Parks Day. The event will take place at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Over the past several years the monarch butterfly population has reached its lowest level since 1993. Participants at the event can help the recovery by assisting with milkweed and wildflower plantings that will help provide monarchs with food, cover and host plants to lay their eggs. Other activities will include a monarch program, monarch crafts, and photo opportunities.
At a time when an obesity epidemic affects nearly 1 in 3 children who are either overweight or obese, communities are witnessing sky-rocketing rates of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated cholesterol levels in children. Parks and cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “active kids are healthy kids” and encouraging their residents to use National Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors or at local parks and recreation sites to develop a more active and healthy lifestyle.