Sierra Monarch Rescue

Feed your caterpillars!
Bee part of the flyway!

April 2024 Events

Farmer's Markets

  • Marshall-Gold State Park, Farmer's Market in Coloma,12pm-4pm
  • Placerville Wednesday Farmer's Market when it starts.
  • Cameron Park, Burke Junction when it starts

Lots of activities for children and adults at the SpringTime Festival. Learn More!

April 21, Earth Day-Nisenan Land Appreciation 10:30am-4pm

Volunteer Day, Nisenan Land Appreciation/Earth Day! Join us for another fun day under the Cedar Trees planting Native Plants in the Nisenan Village Demonstration Garden at Marshall-Gold State park! Bring your gloves.

What we do

Call to Action for Citizen Scientists!

Part research project and part coordinated community effort to restore the pollinator flyway, traversing habitats affected by highways and housing tracts, from the Central Valley up through the forests and farms of the Sierra Foothills. Sierra Monarch Rescue is collecting community members from Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada and Yuba counties for this 10+ year long Citizen Scientist and Land Steward project to provide year-around nutritious forage; and collect data showing the improved migration of our pollinators; along the route historically established by the Nisenan Tribes of the Sierra Foothills. You can bee part of the flyway with us!

Nisenan Land Appreciation and Demonstration Garden

Volunteers are welcome to join us to build out the the Nisenan Village Pollinator Demonstration Garden at Marshall-Gold State Park. The park provides wheel barrows, shovels and rakes. Please bring your own gloves. Typically runs 10:30-3pm. See events for next volunteer day.

In collaboration with Marshal Gold State Park, we are excited for the construction of the California Native Interpretive Garden and Monarch Waystation behind the Nisenan Village Oomachas.

Situated in the upper American River watershed, the "Nisenan Village" exhibit, managed by Marshal Gold State Park, welcomes 70,000 visitors each year. The village is nestled at the base of "Mother Rock," a significant granite formation used by the Natives as a communal kitchen, evidenced by over 20 deep grinding mortars. In 2005, the Wopumnes Tribe added cedar bark oomachas (bark teepees) to the exhibit. Notably, in 2007, a levee breach caused the American River to swell, submerging the parking lot and reaching the Mother Rock for several days.


November 2022, volunteers came out to help prepare the Red area by Sheet Composting. Many hands make little work.  

Natives raising Natives

The Wopumnes Natives Raising Natives Project has three goals: 

Create sustainable economic development for Native people in the Sierra Foothills of California.

Provide a hands-on science learning opportunity for Native and non-native youth to boost STEM skills

Raise awareness of the need to conserve ecosystems that support native plants, butterflies and other threatened pollinators.


Natives Raising Natives was founded in 2023 and is the only tribal butterfly farming program in California.


Natives Raising Natives is a unique conservation initiative creating sustainable economic
development for tribal people while protecting the next generation of Monarchs from predators. 





Store is under construction.
All proceeds goes to building out
the Pollinator Flyway!
We are looking for Native Plant donations and will harvest from your yard: Cedar Seedings, Milkweeds, Soap  Root, California Onion, Poppies, Yarrow, Elderberry, Manzanita, Sage, and more! Please use contact form below.

"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand", Mark 1:15 

Donations help us buy more equipment, plants, teach at schools and public events, and pay for services needed to build out the pollinator flyway. 


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Contact us

Sierra Monarch Rescue is a Cultural Restoration and Environmental progam of the
Wopumnes Nisnenan and Mewuk Heritage
Preservation Society of El Dorado California,

Non-profit Tax ID 83-2671897. We are approved by the IRS to receive unlimited funding.

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