Friends of the Tonto National Forest is a 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization

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The Friends of the Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District and Southwest Monarch Study need your help to restore habitat for Monarch Butterflies by planting milkweed plants in Tonto National Forest.  This is part of an International effort to support Monarch Butterflies during their migration along a corridor from Canada to Mexico.

Volunteers have Successfully Planted 980 Milkweed Seedlings near Bulldog Canyon, Just East of Mesa, AZ.


Volunteers are now urgently needed to support seedling watering during the first weeks after planting.


Please see the event calendar for watering days and contact us through the registration form to let us know when you can help.


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This is a great activity for individuals 14 or older and groups.  Twelve and Thirteen years old volunteers are also welcome to join if accompanied by their parent(s) or legal guardian.

Milkweed plants are funded by a grant to the Southwest Monarch Study by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Slides from 2016 Planting Project

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