Support our Native Pollinators

In December of 2017, Village President Sandy Frum signed the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, thus committing to create habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators and to educate citizens about how they can make a difference at home and in their community. See the Village Monarch proclamation here.

YOU Can Help Make a Difference!Monarch Way Station Garden

In an effort to make the Village of Northbrook a resource-filled pit stop for our beloved pollinators on their travels, the Village’s Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) encourages residents to plant milkweed, a native plant that is necessary to complete the monarch life cycle. Monarchs exclusively lay eggs on milkweed as it is the only food source that the monarch caterpillar will eat.

Residential gardens that sustain Monarch’s during their annual migration are eligible to receive a “Let’s Make Northbrook a Monarch Way Station” garden sign. To be eligible, gardens must:

  1. Contain native plants.
  2. Exclude exposure to pesticides or herbicides.
  3. Contain at least three (3) native milkweed plants, planted in close proximity to one another. 
  4. Bring a picture of your butterfly garden to the Public Works Department to receive a sign. Please confirm sign availability with Public Works Department prior to pick-up. 

For more information on building a way station, visit To ask a question or submit a photo of your Monarch Way Station, click here.