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Integrative learning experience gets students excited about Monarch Butterflies

Mar 31, 2014





 (Toronto, March 31)  There has been a huge decline of the monarch butterfly populations in recent years. In 2014 alone the monarch butterfly population declined by 44 per cent from the year before. To combat the growing collapse of the monarch butterfly, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) in partnership with the Monarch Teacher Network (MTN) is once again offering Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies workshops in 2014.  This workshop provides educators with the information and materials to produce an integrative learning experience that gets students excited about being part of a North American initiative to protect Monarch Butterflies. Participants will learn about the life cycle and migration of the Monarch Butterfly, understand the conservation efforts taking place and increase their awareness about the concerns that face indigenous species. 

The workshop is an engaging, interdisciplinary experience that provides educators with valuable information appropriate for all grade levels and subject areas, including Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Spanish and Technology.  It has been well received by participants in the past who have said it is a great teaching tool for people of all ages, which challenges people to work together for a sustainable future.

New this year, TRCA is piloting a new workshop called Creating Monarch Friendly Habitat which will be rolled out across the country this spring to provide educators with the skills and knowledge to create monarch butterfly friendly habitats from learning about native plants to best practices in garden design.  The workshop is part of TRCA's monarch program that includes Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies. The pilot workshop is hosted by Long Point Region Conservation in Port Rowan, Ontario, on April 12 with additional workshops planned for Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Lake of the Woods and Ottawa.

With the generous support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, TRCA and the MTN are able to continue to bring these workshops to Canadian educators.  The MTN is a network of more than 2500 trained educators from 15 states, five provinces and five countries that brings the butterfly story to people of all ages, connecting that story to wider issues from biodiversity, to habitat loss and to social issues.

Butterfly Garden Workshop hosted by Long Point Region Conservation Authority

Date: Saturday April 12 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Where: Backus Heritage Conservation Area, Port Rowan

Registration Details: $45 + tax. Workshops fees include materials and handouts, morning snacks and a light lunch. Pre-registration is required. Call 519-842-4242 for information and to register. Or visit Registration ends April 1, 2014.

Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies Workshops Calendar

April 9 & 10, 2014, NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario

July 23 & 24, 2014, BRIGHTON, Ontario

July 29 & 30, 2014, YORK REGION, Ontario (York Region District School Board sponsored workshop)

July 31 & August 1 2014, TORONTO, Ontario

August 6 & 7, 2014, VERNON, British Columbia

August 11 & 12, 2014, FREDERICTON, New Brunswick

August 13 & 14, 2014, MEAFORD, Ontario



About Toronto and Region Conservation

With more than 55 years of experience, TRCA helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment.  TRCA's vision is for The Living City - where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at  For more information and to register, www.monarchteacher


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