PLANO -- Some employees of a local energy company got their hands dirty Wednesday for a good cause.
Cirro Energy donated money and labor to help expand a butterfly garden in Plano.
"October is a perfect time for monarchs to be migrating," said Cindi Wakefield of Cirro Energy.
More than fifty monarch butterflies are making their temporary home at the Plano Environmental Education Center in the 4100 block of W. Plano Pkwy, on their way south for the winter.
"So now is the time we want to get this garden set up, so we can capture those butterflies coming through," Wakefield said. "We also have year-round butterflies that complete their entire life cycle in this garden, so we are going to get all this planting done for them for the spring."
Cirro Energy employees traded a day at a desk for a day digging outdoors, planting dozens of plants native to the region. The volunteers believe the garden will help educate the hundreds of children and their parents who visit the outdoor learning center every year.
"They can learn about the stages and the life cycles of butterflies, where they can have a real, hands-on visual and get educated about the environment," Wakefield said.
Cirro Energy employee Neil Eddleman agreed.
"I have two granddaughters, and from my standpoint, I'm providing something that I know they would enjoy at the same time -- a little sweat equity that will pay off for generations to come," Wakefield said. "It's going to be incredible."