Free Seed Distributions
Milkweed & Nectar Corridors Needed
Milkweed is the only plant a monarch can lay its eggs on. Fragmented milkweed corridors is of concern to scientists studying why the monarch population is in decline. By planting milkweed at least ten miles from monarch overwintering sites you are encouraging their healthy migration.
Nectar corridors are also vital to the monarchs successful migration. Scientists know that monarchs are more likely to survive the overwintering season the more fat stores they have. More nectar plants provide more stopping places for migrating monarchs to obtain nourishment and establish fat stores.
If you live along the California coast, plant nectar plants to support the monarchs migrating to overwintering sites. If you live inland, please plant nectar plants and milkweed to support the monarch migration away from the overwintering sites.
Request free milkweed and/or nectar plant seeds
If you live in Monterey County, stop by the Museum anytime and we can provide you with two free native milkweed seed packets and two free native nectar plant seed packets.
If you live outside of Monterey County, fill out the form below and we can mail seeds to you. Two packets of seeds will be mailed to those who live as far north as Napa, as far east as Los Banos, and as far south as San Luis Obispo. (Please make a donation should you desire more than two seed packets and indicate how many packets you would like in the comments)
If you live outside the Western U.S., please see the Xerces Society's Milkweed Finder as the species we have is not native to your area.
The Museum's seed program is generously supported by the Brandenburg 300 Project- www.brandenburg300.com