DMGA Meeting -
Monday, January 28, 2019
Trecia Neal: Monarch Butterflies
Join DeKalb Master Gardener Association on January 28th for the first meeting of 2019
to learn about Monarch Butterflies!
Trecia Neal, an Environmental Educator at Fernbank,
will teach us about the ecology and biology of Monarchs.
She'll also speak about gardening for pollinators.
DMGA meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.
at the Northlake / Barbara Loar Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library located at
3772 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084 (inside I-285, at the corner of Harobi Dr. and LaVista Rd.).
The parking and entrance are on Harobi Drive. The meeting room is inside the front door and
to the left. Click here for a
of the library's location.
Plan to join us for our meetings and bring a friend. There is no charge or pre-registration for
our DMGA educational programs.
Trecia was a biologist at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta for over 30 years.
She retired in 2017. Her areas of expertise are ornithology, environmental education,
and establishing outdoor classrooms and gardens at schools. For over fifteen years,
she has been teaching students and teachers about the wonders of monarchs by teaching
Professional Development courses in Michoacán, Mexico where they study Monarch butterflies
in their overwintering habitat. Trecia has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a
master’s degree in science education with an emphasis in animal behavior. In 2015
Trecia received the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Georgia from the National
Association of Biology Teacher in recognition of her career’s work in environmental education.
Trecia was also the project director for the School Master Gardener program that trained
over 300 Master Gardeners from 50 different schools across DeKalb County. Since 2003
these participants have volunteered over 25,000 hours at their local schoolhouses
with over 35,000 students. Numerous Junior Master Gardener Clubs have formed in the
local schoolhouses. This program has also brought in over $63,461 in grant money
at the local schools since 2008.
DMGA Scholarships Presented for 2017-2018
At the October 2017 monthly meeting, DeKalb Master Gardener Association
awarded three horticulture scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Scholarship checks of $500 were awarded to these two Gwinnett Technical
Ms. Sharon Herron
Ms. Susan Storey
A continuing scholarship, also in the amount of $500, was awarded to:
Ms. Jill Baker-Lesperance
Under a program created in 2006, DMGA awards scholarships each year to
DeKalb County residents attending UGA or Gwinnett Tech. With these six scholarships,
the total scholarships awarded by DMGA under this program is $21,000. We enjoy the
opportunity to promote and encourage horticulture education in this way.
Our congratulations to these deserving students and our
best wishes for their future successful careers in horticulture.