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Every link on our website is also listed on this page for easy reference. Additional links are provided for those who want even more information.

 

Teach About Monarchs

Flight of the Butterflies

"It is a natural history epic. It is a detective story. Join hundreds of millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway, and one scientist’s 40-year search to unravel the mystery–where do they go each fall? Experience the Flight of the Butterflies."

Obtain permissions to show Flight of the Butterflies by contacting SKFilms at agarcia@skfilms.ca.

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NOVA: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

Another excellent educational resource is the PBS documentary NOVA: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies. Purchase the film through the teacher shop on PBS.org to receive additional educational materials and the AV rights for screening the film.

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Monarch Watch Conservation Specialists

You can check here to see if MonarchWatch.org has a conservation specialist near you.

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Find Your County Extension Agent

Your county extension agent has a wealth of knowledge to share about gardening and the environment. You can find your county extension office using the interactive map at NPIC.

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Become Citizen Scientists

Look for monarchs in their natural habitats and enjoy the abundance in creation.
Teach your kids to look closely for monarch butterflies, eggs and caterpillars in places where native milkweed and other native perennial plants are growing. Share a report of your findings on the Journey North website. Monarchs share their beautiful habitat with many of God's other creatures too. Notice how full of life monarch habitat is!

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Rearing Monarchs for Education

Once your milkweed plants are mature, and monarchs visit your garden, you may begin to find eggs and caterpillars. Rearing a few monarchs in captivity is a fun educational activity and your youth will enjoy being a part of it. Follow the link below to MonarchWatch for instructions. If you decide you would like to rear monarchs it is important that you rear them responsibly to prevent spreading disease. Please see the additional resource listing cautions from the Monarch Joint Venture.

Youth Raising Monarch Butterflies

Cautions from Monarch Joint Venture

If you decide you would like to rear monarchs in captivity, it is important that you rear them responsibly. See the link below to the Monarch Joint Venture cautions for rearing monarchs in captivity.

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The Monarch
Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly

This beautifully illustrated, meticulously researched book by monarch expert and nature blogger Kylee Baumle, is an excellent resource for those who want to learn about monarchs. Published in 2017 from St. Lynn's Press

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Connect with Scripture

The Monarch in Creation

This discussion guide has been developed as a Christian education tool for use after viewing an educational film about monarch butterflies. Several excellent, family-friendly films are available to choose from.

When we contemplate the splendor in creation, we are inspired to recognize the power and goodness of the Creator. This discussion guide is intended to help youth leaders guide their students to discover the appropriate Christian response to the creation that God loves so much. Grounded in Holy Scripture and informed by the writings of theologians across denominations, this guide is designed to heighten students’ awareness of:

  • the wonder in creation

  • the goodness in creation.

  • how much God loves the world

  • the place of humans in creation

The Monarch in Creation

Eco-Justice Ministries

What creation care resources are available to you within your own denomination? Find out here on the Eco-Justice Ministries website.

Green Environment
 

Plant a Monarch Waystation

Monarch Watch Waystation Requirements

A Monarch waystation is a place that has the key resources to preserve the monarch species, such as milkweed, nectar plants, shelter, and sustainable management practices. The plants do not all have to be in the same garden area. If your church has a flower garden, it may meet some of the requirements already! Together we can make a huge impact on the survival of the monarch butterfly. See the link below to visit MonarchWatch.org and learn what to plant and how to certify your church grounds as a waystation.

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Monarch Watch Milkweed Market

If your organization qualifies as a school or non-profit, you can apply for a flat of free milkweed plugs. These plants are valued between $74-$93.50!  Shipping is included as well as guidance on how to create a new habitat or enhance an existing garden. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has provided funds for this project. Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received. Plants will be delivered in the spring.

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Xerces Society Monarch Nectar Plants

See what nectar plants are recommended for monarchs in your area. Visit the Xerces Society Monarch Nectar Plants page and click on your region on the interactive map.

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Thrivent Financial

Thrivent provides funding for Action Teams to meet needs in their communities. The funding for our pilot program at Christ the King Lutheran Church came from a $250 grant from Thrivent Financial. Find out more at the link below.

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Wild Ones Seeds for Education

Each year from July to October the Wild Ones Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program accepts applications for small grants ($100-$500) to fund a native garden or habitat for hands-on learning.  Nonprofits may apply, as long as the project uses native plants or seeds to educate youth. Find out more at the link below.

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The Journey North

Report monarch sightings and track the migration on the Journey North website.

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Engage the Community

Custom Seed Packet Template

Create seed packets with your church name on them. Your youth group can make custom seed packets using our free template. Fill with native milkweed seeds, either purchased in bulk or collected from your parishioners. Share the free seed packets in your church and distribute them in the community.

Swamp milkweed coming soon!

Custom Milkweed Seed Packets

BONAP North American Plant Atlas

Find which milkweed plants are native to your area on the BONAP North American Plant Atlas.  To help the Monarch butterfly it is urgent to provide milkweed as a host plant for their caterpillars.

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Xerces Society Milkweed Seed Finder

Find native milkweed vendors in your area on Xerces Society website. This comprehensive directory of milkweed seed vendors will help you locate milkweed seeds responsibly collected in your region.

Xerces Society Milkweed Seed Finder

Grow Your Own Milkweed

Excellent instructions for growing your own milkweed from seed are detailed on the Stewardship Garden website. Remember to use seeds responsibly collected in your own region. (Find them at the Xerces link above.)

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Winter Sowing Perennials: A Quick Tutorial

This ten minute tutorial teaches a fun, cheap and easy way to grow perennials from seed, outdoors during the winter, using milk jugs as mini-greenhouses. Anyone can do it!

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Mr. Lund Science Video - Collecting Milkweed Seeds

The Planting Milkweed Instructional Video Series, by the gifted and extraordinary Rich Lund, of Mr. Lund Science, teaches how to collect Common Milkweed seeds, germinate them, and plant them at home or in the wild. An easy and affordable way to help monarchs!

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Monarch Conservation Brochures

Thanks to the efforts of the Pollinator Partnership, gorgeous color brochures on monarch conservation are available to you free online.

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Monarch Waystation Videos

Give a tour of your completed monarch waystation. Make a video for YouTube. Celebrate! See the link below for some excellent YouTube videos made by people just like you.

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National Pollinator Week

Many parks, zoos and nature preserves need volunteers to sustain their conservation efforts. Consider participating in an event during National Pollinator Week, an annual event celebrated all over the world in the last full week in June. Visit the Pollinator Partnership to learn more.

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Additional Material

Youth for Monarchs YouTube Channel

Youth for Monarchs has a YouTube channel with original videos of monarchs and their amazing life cycle.  The YouTube channel also includes playlists with helpful information about growing milkweed, winter sowing, using soil blocks, and videos of monarch waystations. Make a video of your waystation and send us a link. We would love to include you!

Monarch Butterfly Ecloses from Chrysalis