Piatt County Master Gardeners spent the summer of 2017 developing a pollinator habitat/demonstration garden at Allerton Park’s Visitors’ Center. The garden provides habitat while also educating park visitors on developing their own pollinator habitat using brochures in the Visitors’ Center in addition to the plot itself. Contact: Micah Putman, 217-300-9914
Monarch Magic and Other Programs in South Beloit
Nature at the Confluence in South Beloit, Illinois, has conducted the following monarch-related programs since opening in June 2017. They also worked with the South Beloit mayor to sign the Mayor's Monarch Pledge and feature a "Monarch Magic" exhibit this summer. Contact Person: Therese Oldenburg, Executive Director, email@example.com
How to Raise Monarchs, July 22, 2018
Would you like to learn about raising monarchs? Come to this program to find out how easy it is to raise a monarch. You’ll learn about the life stages, how to find eggs or caterpillars and how to successfully take care of them until you can release a beautiful monarch butterfly.
Be A Butterfly Hero, June 19, 2018
Bring the kids to Nature At the Confluence for some natural fun! In this program kids visit our monarch exhibit, learn about their life cycle, habitat and the challenges monarchs face. They learn how they can help bring back the monarch population
Monarch Magic Exhibit, June 16-Sept 16, 2018
Our Monarch Magic live exhibit offers people the opportunity to see learn all about the monarch life cycle and how they can help the monarch.
Wild Up Your Backyard – How To Transform Your Yard Into a Wildlife Oasis, March 25, 2018
Guest speaker Mary Anne Mathwich, member of the Wild Ones Natural Landscapers for 23 years, will share how she has invited nature into her yard by introducing native plants into the landscape. You’ll learn the process of turning a “pollinator desert” of a yard into an oasis for butterflies, moths, bees, birds and other creatures.
Butterfly Hero - School Program, May - July, 2018
Students learn all about monarchs, their life cycle, habitat and the challenges monarchs face. They learn how they can help bring back the monarch population
“The Importance of Pollinators” featuring Larry and Emily Scheunemann, September 6, 2017
Our presenters for this program are Larry and Emily Scheunemann, who have a 30-acre farm in Whitewater that focuses on hummingbirds and monarchs. Larry and Emily were featured in the June/July 2017 issue of “Our Wisconsin” magazine, and each year they open their farm to the public in September to observe hummingbird banding and monarch tagging. Attendees of this program will learn about their farm and how you can visit it during their open houses.
Master Gardener Leads Monarch Lesson for Juvenile Detention Youth
On May 24, 2018, Champaign County Master Gardener Ruth Landry led an educational program about monarchs for juvenile detention youth. Pictures and a common milkweed with evidence of feeding activity were used to explain the monarch life cycle. Emphasis was placed on the importance of common milkweed for monarch survival. The migration process and the four different cycles of production of the monarch were discussed. Ruth Landry, firstname.lastname@example.org
IDNR ENTICE Workshop
A Monarch Mania! ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) workshop was held on August 25, 2018, at the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center in Pecatonica. Participants learned from a butterfly expert, went for a hike to look for monarchs and other butterflies, participated in educational activities and received supplemental resources to teach about the topic.
Pollinators and the Prairie Workshop
The IDNR Division of Education hosted a Pollinators and the Prairie ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) workshop at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle on September 22, 2018. Participants visited the prairie to learn about the plants that pollinators use and observed pollinators in action. Several activities related to pollinators were conducted. Resources to support the teaching of this topic were provided.
Waubonsie Valley High School
The Advanced Placement Environmental Science students from Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora worked to construct prairie habitat along Waubonsie Lake's shoreline during class on May 17-18, 2018. Students learned how to grow and plant prairie plugs during the spring months, culminating with the service-learning project. This project began in 2001. The project was included in a Daily Herald story and is part of the Fox Valley Monarch Corridor. https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180516/waubonsie-shoreline-work-creates-ribbon-of-prairie
Pollinator Garden in the Village of Bartlett
Girl Scout (GS) Ambassador, Brittney Hull, completed her GS Gold Award project and registered her completed project with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. Ms. Hull and her volunteer crew of landscapers worked with the Village of Bartlett and the Bartlett Lion’s Club to redesign the garden area around the sign at the corner of Devon Avenue and South Bartlett Road. As part of her project, she planted plants suitable for attracting pollinators. Ms. Hull hopes this project will inspire others to develop their own pollinator garden.
Sagawau Field Science Station Activities
Staff members at Sagawau Field Science Station in Lemont have been rearing late-instar monarchs to collect scale samples to use in testing for the presence of Ophryocystis elektroscirrha, a protozoan parasite that infects butterflies in the Danaus genus, as well as rearing autumn monarchs for tagging. They lead multiple educational programs about monarchs each summer. See the 2019 summer programs below.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Discovery Day with the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Garden (Plains, Georgia)
Target Audience: adults and high school students, gardeners
Programs: Pollinator Garden Tour, Monarch Lab Tour
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Target Audience: adults and families
Program: Monarch Lab
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Target Audience: adults and families
Program: Monarch Lab
On August 17, 2019, Faith in Place’s Monarch Festival welcomed the public to Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center to celebrate the monarch butterfly’s migration story and the parallels to the migration stories of people. Presented thanks in part to support from the Kalliopeia Foundation, the Monarch Festival drew a diverse audience of over 300 to engage with educational exhibits, watch performances by Xochitl-Quetzal Danza Azetca and the South Chicago Dance Theatre, participate in oral history interviews, and celebrate the release of two monarch butterflies, christened “Prom King” and “Princess” by the youngest festival-goers. For more information, contact Veronica Kyle, Faith in Place’s Statewide Outreach Director, at email@example.com
Migration & Me
Faith in Place’s Migration & Me program reconnects youth, adults, and seniors – especially people of color – with the outdoors. Focused on the monarch butterfly, Migration & Me incorporates story circles, nature outings, and habitat restoration, including for monarchs and pollinators. In 2019, Faith in Place’s Migration & Me activities included 19 nature outings, 21 story circles, and engaged 484 volunteers in 1,600 total hours of habitat restoration, which represents nearly 10 acres of Cook County Forest Preserve natural area rehabilitated. For more information, contact Veronica Kyle, Faith in Place’s Statewide Outreach Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org