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Water milkweed plants for monarch butterflies

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ORGANIZATION: Friends of the Tonto National Forest

Phon D Milkweed Watering

Help water & monitor milkweed plants that are vital to monarch butterflies! We've planted milkweed plants at the Phon D Sutton Recreation Area along the Salt River in Mesa and we need extra hands to help make sure they stay healthy.

You'll pick up water at the Mesa Ranger District (5140 E. Ingram St., Mesa, AZ 85209) and head out to the site. The milkweed plants are located along areas that are easily accessed by car. After watering, you'll return the water jugs to the Mesa Ranger District & refill the containers for the next volunteer. For a list of available shifts visit:

This is a fun opportunity for all ages. More information online:

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About Friends of the Tonto National Forest


4022 E Greenway Rd, Ste 11 # 348, Phoenix, AZ 85032, US

Mission Statement

Friends of the Tonto National Forest is a group of volunteers who assist the Forest Service in its critical mission of natural and cultural resource and visitor use management. We promote public understanding of the Tonto National Forest’s policies, programs and projects.


Friends of the Tonto National Forest was founded by a former Forest Service employee in order to help the Forest Service achieve the many projects that are being done. The Tonto is over 2.9 million acres, so managing it takes a lot of people! Friends of the Tonto organizes the following projects: Riparian Photopoint, Invasive Plant Removal, Milkweed for Monarchs, Cave Creek Trail System Maintenance, Water Source Inventory, Adopt-a-Site, and Archaeology.


Animals, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Mesa, AZ 85209



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Botany
  • Gardening


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Orientation or Training
  • Time commitment is 2 - 4 hours
  • 1) Read the watering instructions 2) Read the Field Safety Analysis, Covid Protocol, and Friends of the Tonto Liability Waiver. 3) Sign Milkweed Volunteer Signup Form

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