Monarch Butterfly Earth Day Challenge 2016


The class of 2027 has been working hard to become a Monarch Butterfly Waystation. For Earth Day we are now asking every school in America to do the same !

The National Center for Education Statistics reported that in 2009-2010 there were 98,817 school in the United States. If every school becomes a Waystation, the Monarchs will have enough food for their migration North.

Monarch Watch offers all the resources you will need.  It is relatively easy to get potted milkweed at your local garden supply store. Our school grew milkweed from seed and you can read all about it right here. Monarch Watch will certify you to be an official Waystation with only 6 plants!

This caterpillar is about to make a chrysalis in our habitat.

If you plant it they will come.  Monarchs can smell milkweed from up to 3 miles away.  You will soon be able to observe the monarch life cycle in you own yard. Our class also keeps a plant in the classroom and the kids got to see all developmental stages up close.  There is nothing like holding a monarch.  They are surprisingly easy to handle and will happily rest on a child’s hand. You can even mark them with a tag before setting them free. Tagging kits can be purchased right here.

Monarch Butterfly
A monarch emerges in our classroom. He will rest and pump his wings for several hours before he is ready to be released.

Your class can also help collect data for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. Every monarch sighting will help provide important information.  Gathering data is an important component of the scientific method.

What are you waiting for? Join the our school and become a Waystation! The monarchs thank you for your hospitality.


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