Update: Registration site says event is sold out.
This workshop is a one day course on monarch biology, ecology, and conservation. You will learn the basics of monarch habitat creation and conservation and you will leave the course with the knowledge and confidence to engage diverse groups to take action on behalf of the monarch butterfly.
What are the topics?
• Monarch anatomy, biology, life cycle and migration.
• Monarch threats: parasites, disease, land use, and pesticides, among others.
• Milkweed ecology, nectar plants, and monarch waystations.
• Outreach tools and materials, agencies and conservation groups involved in monarch conservation activities.
• Citizen Science, communication skills, interpretation, and role play.
• How to recruit for and structure a successful workshop/presentation.
The primary objective of this workshop is to train participants how to educate others about the ecological role of monarchs and the conservation actions that can be taken to help the species. This workshop is for those who are interested in outreach and in educating the public about monarch conservation. We request that every participant agree to share the education and knowledge acquired during this workshop with others by, offering presentations or workshops.
After the participant gives at least a one hour presentation to the general public, she/he will receive a Monarch Conservation Training certification from NWF. The participant will have many other opportunities to engage in more presentations, workshops, and other monarch conservation activities if he/she wills to do so.
Each participant will receive a USB drive loaded with a power point presentation, supporting handouts, and other resources.
Instructors include Carol Clark, chair of our Bring Back the Monarch to Texas program; Katie Boyer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region’s Monarch Outreach Specialist; Jennifer Garrison, Mercer Botanic Gardens’ Education Director; Melodie Hill, Mercer Botanic Gardens’ Program Coordinator; Jacob Martin, Mercer Botanic Garden’s Greenhouse Manager; Kyle Wolfe, volunteer coordinator at Hermann Park Conservancy; and Rebeca Quiñonez-Piñón, the Monarch Outreach Coordinator for NWF.