Call for volunteers in the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden

Date: April 23, 2017

Hundreds of volunteers assist in the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden (SBG) at Tom Tudek Memorial Park each year.

Here’s the newest Call for Volunteers from Master Gardener Pam Ford:

Dear friends of the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden

Over the past 20 years, the gardens at the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden have been a source of inspiration, comfort, discovery and delight for visitors of all ages. The three-acre habitat not only supports an abundance and diversity of wildlife, but also serves as an educational resource for the community.

The SBG needs your help at the Ferguson Township Arbor Day Celebration.

Ferguson Township Arbor Day Celebration and Habitat Rescue
10 am - 2 pm
Saturday, April 29

"We’re kicking off a major restoration of the 3-acre Snetsinger Butterfly Garden at Tom Tudek Memorial Park. On April 29, Ferguson Township and Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are coordinating volunteers to assist with removing trees, shrubs, and other invasive plants from the upper meadow habitat. This will be a big 'first push' to kick off a major habitat restoration effort in 2017. Volunteers are needed to cut/pull/haul brush, lay woodchips in certain areas, and work on smaller projects such as planting/transplanting. This is a great opportunity to learn about habitat management, native plants, establishing a meadow, and helping the community.
Please bring: gloves, hand tools such as saws, loppers, hand pruners, water and lunch – light refreshments will be provided. All ages and skill levels welcome!

If you are not available this weekend, but would like to join our community steward team and be alerted to future SBG gardening activities, please let us know. In addition to becoming active stewards of the environment, you will have the opportunity to explore, discover, and learn, assisted by our team of Penn State Extension Master Gardeners.

A few hours of care for our Tudek Park gem is a wonderful way to give back to the garden that has brought us years of joy.   Thank you!

See you in the meadow."
Pam Ford

Learn more:
Snetsinger Butterfly Garden at Tom Tudek Memorial Park
400 Herman Drive, State College

  • Take a walk around the three-acre butterfly garden at Tom Tudek Memorial Park for a 360-degree view of brilliant color.
  • This diverse ecosystem faces the horse pasture at Tudek Park.
  • The garden features more than 30 resident species of butterflies and 100 species of native plants that serve as hosts for caterpillars and provide nectar for adult butterflies.
  • Its demonstration gardens showcase pollinator-friendly gardening practices.
  • Created in partnership with the Tudek Trust, Ferguson Township, and Centre Region Parks and Recreation, its partners have been working with Dr. Snetsinger since 2007 to develop and maintain this habitat as an educational resource for the community.

This butterfly garden changes every day, so visit often and enjoy.

Visit the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden website.

Read our story about the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden and the annual Wings in the Park event, as well as view our photo galleries.