Raising Monarchs from egg to release is a passion for Shelly. She gives Monarch presentations and workshops to area garden clubs, nature centers, and University of Wisconsin and Illinois extensions to help raise awareness of the Monarch butterfly crisis. Shelly also helped organize the Monarch Information Booth for BioBlitz, a biological surveying project that helps record all living species within a designated area. The BioBlitz events were held at the Schlitz Audubon Center and Grant Park in South Milwaukee. She is a current member and past Garden Club president of the Women’s Club of Wisconsin and a member of the Herb Society of America, Wisconsin Unit.
Traveling to the UNESCO World Heritage Monarch sanctuaries in Mexico in 2015 was a remarkable and profound experience for Shelly. Since that visit, she has been working tirelessly to help the Monarch by giving lectures and workshops that educate, inspire, and stimulate people to plant milkweed and native nectar plants. Through Shelly’s enthusiasm and encouragement, she hopes to show people the joy of helping all pollinators by simply helping the Monarch butterfly.