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Join the National Million Pollinator ChallengeButterfly Hero logo

The City of Sunrise is a certified Community Wildlife Habitat! Help us continue our efforts:

  1.  Plant Florida-friendly native plants 
  2. Reduce the use of pesticides
  3. Certify your NWF Wildlife Habitat Garden
  4. Enjoy the butterflies and birds!

The City of Sunrise invites you to be Good and Green by conserving resources and practicing stewardship. A great way to do this is by adding butterfly-friendly plants to your landscape at home, school or work. 

There are more than 4,500 certified environmentally friendly landscapes throughout Broward County. In Sunrise, we have over 200 certified habitats.  

Explore the City properties that are certified by viewing our ESRI Storymap.

Certified Schools in Sunrise include: All Saints Catholic, Bair Middle, Discovery Elementary, Franklin Academy, Nob Hill Elementary, Piper High, Sandpiper Elementary, Sawgrass Elementary, Village Elementary, Welleby Elementary, and Westpine Middle.

Thank you to our local business community that have certified: American Express, BB&T Center, Lake Shore Plaza II, Lester's Diner, and Mattress Firm. 

You can Be A Butterfly Hero too by installing butterfly-friendly plants and certifying your yard with the National Wildlife Federation and you will help Sunrise achieve points toward becoming a Community Wildlife Habitat®

Certified Wildlife Habitats, City of Sunrise, Florida

 

Why are butterflies important? 

Butterflies are pollinators that are important to our ecosystem and to agriculture – did you know that the production of 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat depends on pollinators?

Butterfly and other pollinator populations are in decline and YOU can make a difference! For example, the monarch butterfly, whose populations have declined 90% over the last decade, need Milkweed or Butterfly Weed which are plants with pretty red, yellow or white flowers. Butterflies need nectar from flowering plants, and they need host plants for the hungry caterpillars. Each type of butterfly likes certain plants. To help you get started, here are three plants that support seven butterflies!

Plant these 3 flowers...
Native Milkweed
Passion Flower
Bahama Cassia 
  To Attract 7 types of butteflies!
Gulf Fritillary
Cloudless Sulfur
Monarch
Orange-Barred Sulphur
Queen
Zebra Longwing

 

Useful Resources for Sustainable Landscaping and Butterfly Gardens 

Plant Finder Tools

Planting the "Right Plant, Right Place" is the key to a sustainable garden or landscape. Use these resources to help.

Have a specific gardening question or an ailing plant? 

  • You can email MasterGardener@broward.org with your questions! It is helpful to include a photo and a pencil next to the plant to provide indication of size.
  • Prefer talking to someone? Bring your ailing plant (or a cutting) to one of the six Master Gardener Service Centers located throughout the County. The days and hours of service vary, so call the park of your choice to find out its schedule. Nearby locations are:
    • C.B. Smith Park, 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines 954-357-5170
    • Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill 954-357-5400
    • Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 954-357-5135

Attend a monthly gardening workshop!

The Broward Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association monthly meetings often feature wonderful guest speakers.

NEED HELP?

If you are interested in adding butterfly-friendly plants or other wildlife habitats to the landscape at your school, workplace, or community and need guidance, information about getting certified, or to request an educational presentation, contact: