Last week, students at Thomas Arnold Elementary School and Salado Intermediate School were briefed on Monarch butterflies and their contribution to society.
On Monday, Phase I of a beautification project will begin that includes putting in a Monarch way station at Thomas Arnold Elementary School.
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To offset the loss of milkweeds and nectar sources, way stations serve as milkweed habitats that the butterflies need to exist.
The project is the first phase of a bigger project to beautify and sustain Salado with partnerships between schools, Master Naturalists, PTO, Keep Salado Beautiful and local citizens.
A plot of land next to the elementary and intermediate schools on Thomas Arnold Road will someday house an educational center with a monarch station.
There have also been talks of putting in an organic garden, nature preserve and improve the recycle center, organizers say.
Work to expand the recycling program is expected to begin in January and could include fencing the center to look like a nature preserve, as well as inviting local art students to paint a surrounding trailer and various structures on the property.
The beautifying project is meant to teach students about nature through hands-on experience.
Organizers hope that the final project will prevent litter by making the area more visibly attractive.