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PAIL Monarch Waystation

Dedicated to all the babies born sleeping.

Those we’ve carried by never met.

Those we’ve held but could not take home.

Those that came home but could not stay.

Monarch Butterflies

You may have heard that the monarch butterfly population has dropped by 90% over the last 20 years due to the development and widespread use of herbicides in croplands, pastures, and roadsides. Another contributing factor is the development of subdivisions, factories, shopping centers, etc. This development is consuming habitats for monarchs and other wildlife at a rate of 6,000 acres per day.

To help save monarch butterflies, we will be creating our own Monarch Waystation in the spring/summer of 2019. By creating and maintaining a Monarch Waystation, we will be contributing to the monarch conservation effort, an effort that will help assure preservation of the species and the continuation of the spectacular migration phenomenon.


For more information on Monarch Waystations, you can visit www.monarchwatch.org/waystations


Our Waystation

Local Monarch Alliance

In November 2018, we applied for a grant from the local Monarch Alliance for a monetary donation to help create our Monarch Waystation. A month later, we found out they would be donating 192 plants to help us create our waystation! We will receive the plants in May 2019.

How you can help:

We are seeking volunteers to help plant our waystation this spring. You can also help by donating mulch or make a monetary donation toward a memorial sign and bench to be placed near the waystation.


Checks can be mailed to:

PAILA of WCMD

PO Box 4538

Hagerstown, MD 21742


Stay tuned for dates for planting our waystation and our ribbon cutting ceremony!




For more information, 

please email Brianne Tesla Bearese at:

[email protected]

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Creating

We are looking for volunteers to help create our waystation. We will receive our plants in mid-May and will begin clearing the land and planting on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 9:00 am until noon. Please join us for all or part of the time. We will continue planting on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 9:00 am until noon. Additional dates will be added if needed.

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Ribbon-cutting

Once our waystation is complete, we will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  All are invited to attend.  We hope to release monarch butterflies during the ceremony.

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Visiting

The map pictured below will help you find the location of our Waystation. The red arrow indicates a private alley off of May Street between The Terrace and Woodland Way in Hagerstown. Please park on May Street when visiting. We hope to have a butterfly bench for visitors in the near future. Please our Events and Fundraisers page for more information about raising money to purchase our bench.

“Without change, there wold be no butterflies.”

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Angel Baby Stepping Stones

We will be ordering Angel Baby Stepping Stones to place in our Monarch Waystation. 


If you would like to add your baby’s name to one of the stepping stones, you can go to Venmo to pay $2.50. Search for “Brianne Bearese PAILA of WCMD” Add your baby’s name in the subject the way you would like it. Up to 14 characters. Please also include your email address so I can confirm your order. You will also have the option to pay cash at any of our events. We will order the first stepping stone as soon as we have 21 names.