Tonto National Forest-Volunteers

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2017 Planting Session Site Prep Nov 10-11 Planting Nov 17-18 We need your help now to help with the planning to Improve the planting success rate Make this an exciting experience for our volunteers Contact us now at to volunteer. We are sure to have an opportunity that matches your interest.

Click here to see the Summary Report by

Kelly M. Kessler

Wildlife Biologist – Cave Creek and Mesa Ranger Districts


  • 980 milkweed plants;
  • 212 volunteer hours;
  • 10 acres claimed for Habitat Enhancement
  • Cost to Forest Service - $0, except for salary.

Check Here Summer 2017 for Details of Next Phase

The Friends of the Tonto National Forest need your help to restore a Habitat for Monarch Butterflies by planting milkweed plants in Tonto National Forest, Bulldog Canyon.  This is Part of International effort to support Monarch Butterflies during their migration,

Volunteer requirements:

Wear long pants

Closed footwear


Sun protection

Bring sufficient water

There will be a brief review of the safety requirements at the staging area along with a sign-in sheet acknowledging understanding of the safety rules.


Anyone under 18 years old must have parental permission.

Click here to download a copy of parental permission form.

To learn more about Monarch Butterflies and this project, check out these resources

The objective of this project is to increase the habitat for Monarchs along a corridor from Canada to Mexico.  This is a great activity for individuals 14 or older and groups.  Twelve and Thirteen years old are welcome to join when accompanied by their parent(s) or legal guardian.

Friends of the Tonto National Forest  4022 E. Greenway Road  Suite 11 Box 348  Phoenix, AZ  85032