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Students help Dunwoody Nature Center save butterflies

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Small hands are playing a big role in a new, local push to save monarch butterflies.

The Dunwoody Nature Center is leading the effort and working with six of elementary schools to plant butterfly gardens filled with milkweed plants.

The gardens are designed to attract monarchs as they migrate from Mexico to Canada and back.

Pesticides have posed a real threat to the monarchs, according to DNC Executive Director Alan Mothner.

Their population has dropped as much as 96 percent in 20 years, and that's a problem since monarchs are major pollinators in fields, farms and gardens.

The Dunwoody Nature Center plans to become a monarch waystation, with milkweed plants scattered throughout the city in parks, community gardens, schools and apartment complexes.

The schools taking part in the program are Dunwoody Elementary School, Kingsley Elementary School, Chesnut Elementary School, Austin Elementary School, Vanderlyn Elementary School and Hightower Elementary School.