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Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies

Jul 07, 2011

(TORONTO, July 7)   Toronto and Region Conservation in partnership with Educational Information and Research Center (EIRC) is offering a Teaching and Learning with Butterflies, two-day Monarch Teacher Network workshop at seven locations in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick. The workshops are built around the story of the Monarch Butterfly and provide a rich environment for teaching science and ecology while helping increase the understanding of the interrelationships of cultures across North America.

"With the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, we are pleased to be offering Monarch Teachers Network workshops in communities across Canada in 2011," said Darryl Gray, Manager, Education, Toronto and Region Conservation. "This is truly an inspiring and amazing program for teachers, and by extension, their students. By providing teachers with the tools to educate their students about Monarch butterflies and the importance of regional biodiversity, we are able to take a national program and contribute to the ecological knowledge and vitality of communities at very much a local level."

Participants will learn to raise and tag Monarch Butterflies, learn about Monarch Butterfly ecology and conservation efforts, work with tested, curriculum linked lessons, learn about the importance of maintaining/developing Monarch habitat and understand the Monarch's significance in Mexican culture.

More than 3000 teachers from 15 states, five provinces and five countries have been inspired by the monarch's 3,200 km migration to Mexico, and have been trained and are part of a growing Monarch Teacher Network.


"They say it takes a village to raise a child.   When the village is as big as North America... or the planet... perhaps it takes a butterfly... a monarch butterfly... to bring the village together," said Brian Hayes, Assistant Director, EIRC. "The monarch butterfly is a powerful symbol of the cycle of life and the role we all have to play in taking care of the land that sustains us and the peoples that surround and support us.  EIRC is proud to be a part of this North American network of teachers. "

The workshops are supported by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, allowing teachers, other educators or interested individuals to participate for only $95 plus taxes per person. Participants' receive a Journeys Lesson Guide, Journeys DVD, T-shirt, rearing and holding cages and much more! To register please go to

WHEN:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


JULY 13 & 14, 2011

Terra Cotta Conservation Area, Terra Cotta, ON


JULY 19 & 20, 2011

Regina Public School Office, Regina, SK


JULY 21 & 22, 2011

Sulphur Spring Conservation Area, Hanover, ON


JULY 26 & 27, 2011

JR Walkof School, Winkler, MB


AUGUST 3 & 4, 2011

Northumberland Hills School, Castleton, ON


AUGUST 9 & 10, 2011

Enniskillen Conservation Area, Enniskillen, ON


AUGUST 25 & 26, 2011

Irving Nature Park & 300 Union Street, Saint John, NB    



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