Canyon Verde Dedicates Monarch Waystation at Marymount

Monarch waystation signAs part of Marymount California University’s community service day, Canyon Verde, an adult day care facility, dedicated a monarch waystation on campus on Sept. 6. Canyon Verde’s Executive Director Nancy Langdon, Marymount’s President Brian Marcotte and Vice President of Student Affairs Ryan Alcantara were on hand to unveil two benches overlooking the newly planted garden situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

“We’re so pleased Canyon Verde selected Marymount as the site for its first butterfly waystation,” Marcotte said. “I can’t think of a better place for encouraging the preservation of our Monarch populations and involving our students and Canyon Verde’s clients makes it all the more fitting.”

A monarch waystation is an intentionally designed garden that provides a food and habitat “rest stop” for the hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrating to their winter homes in Mexico. Monarchs are important pollinators that contribute to the health of many plants, but their numbers have diminished over the past two decades because of an increase in commercial development and herbicide use. Butterfly gardens have proliferated in response, helping stop the decline.

Earlier in the day, students, staff and volunteers planted milkweed, buckwheat and other nectar plants known to attract monarch butterflies. This food will provide them the energy they need to continue their flight.

Monarch Butterfly Waystation Dedication

The brief dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting commemorated Canyon Verdes’ founder, Frank Langdon, and acknowledged the two organizations’ 20-year relationship providing clients experiential learning opportunities as part of their curriculum, which will now include helping tend the garden.

“What a special day honoring 20 years of collaboration between Marymount California University and Canyon Verde while making happy memories,” Langdon said.

San Pedro crafter Chuck Famulare built the butterfly-imprinted benches.

Monarch butterfly bench

Canyon Verde, located in Redondo Beach, offers programs for adults with developmental disabilities, including options in continued education, micro-enterprises, community immersion and integrated employment.