We’re looking forward to Native Plant Day on Sunday, May 21, at DeKorte Park. The family-friendly program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the Bergen County Audubon Society.
Visitors will explore the significant importance of native plants to parks and natural areas through guided walks led by BCAS and NJSEA experts throughout the day. Local organizations will have information booths to provide the public with educational materials. Local species serve as food sources for many Meadowlands pollinators such as bees and butterflies. In addition, Monarch Butterflies will only lay eggs on milkweed, a native plant that is abundant in DeKorte Park. As the Monarch Butterfly is in decline, the existence of native plants is critically important to their survival.
There will also be a presentation on creating a certified wildlife garden in your own backyard. Creating a native plant habitat at home allows individuals to do their part in supporting birds and wildlife while fostering a healthy landscape.