North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC – 2017 Annual Report

Enhancing Pollinator Health & Habitat

Certified as a Bee Campus USA affiliate in March 2016. the North Carolina Arboretum is a 434-acre campus of the University of North Carolina. Our grounds include large flower gardens, natural areas with tree snags and stumps, and bare areas for ground nesters, as well as a managed meadow.

In 2017, we planted milkweed and other native pollinator plant species in container gardens, in the forest meadow and throughout the landscape. We gave funds to the Conserving Carolina land trust to add additional native pollinator plants to the garden at the Polk County Library and to the Mountains Branch Library in Lake Lure to establish a native pollinator garden. We also established educational pollinator gardens at Bruce Drysdale Elementary in Henderson County, Jonathan Valley Elementary in Jackson County, and New City Christian School in Buncombe County.

Our trained volunteers regularly monitor and report on designated milkweed stations to check for monarch development.

Policies & Practices

We have adopted a least toxic Integrated Pest Management Plan and a recommended native plant species list.

Education & Outreach

A public event that celebrates the monarch and milkweed, our annual fall Monarch Butterfly Day was attended by around 1,000 people.  Visitors built make-and-take seed bombs, attended a presentation by Adam Baker of the University of Kentucky, visited exhibitor booths. ecoEXPLORE Participants tagged and released wild-caught monarch butterflies that were raised by teachers and librarians.

Throughout the year, we offered programming at local libraries during the Intro to Entomology program for ecoEXPLORERS: This program included insect taxonomy and the importance of insects to our environment with outdoor and indoor demonstrations.

Service Learning

Nothing to report for 2017.


In our ongoing Adult Education series, we offered a Plants and Pollinators Class and a Butterflies and Moths Class.

Amazing Arthropod Program: Field trip program that follows the NC Standard Course of Study.

In September, we also offered a Monarch Butterfly Educators Workshop with environmental educator and owner of Milkweed Meadows Farm, Kim Bailey, where teachers learned how to raise monarchs from eggs and received books, equipment and tags to raise and release monarch butterflies at schools and libraries.

Educational Signage

We hosted a ____-week long live butterfly exhibit at which species-specific butterfly signs were utilized., then transferred to our Children’s Pollinator Garden.  New interpretation on monarchs and other pollinators were added to the Forest Meadow.

Local Website & Contact Information

Jonathan Marchal, Youth Education Manager,  (Click on Bee City USA tag);