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U.S. Forest Service

Monarch Butterfly Teacher and Student Resources

The Monarch Butterfly Manual

Monarch Butterfly, Royal Mail, A Manual for the Enviromental Educator front cover

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Protección de la Fauna Mexicana A.C. (Profauna A.C.), a Mexican non-governmental organization, developed The Monarch Butterfly Manual, Royal Mail: A Manual for the Environmental Educator. This manual was developed for grades Pre-K through 12 and offers activities that promote conservation of the Monarch Butterfly. Each activity includes an overview, background information, and a sidebar that highlights the skills and concepts students will use, along with the learning objectives they will meet. You can download the entire guide, or each individual activity.

Download the entire publication: Monarch Butterfly Publication (PDF, 17.0 MB)

Activities from the Monarch Butterfly Royal Mail Publication

The following are excerpted sections from the Monarch Butterfly Royal Mail publication.

For Primary Teachers (Grades K-2)

For Intermediate Teachers (Grades 3-6)

For Middle School or High School Teacher (Grades 7-12)

The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Monarchs in the Classroom logo

Education and Gardening

Monarchs and gardens can be useful educational tools in both formal classroom settings and informal learning environments. The Monarch Lab's Education & Gardening web pages provide more information about Monarch Lab workshops, curriculum guides, and butterfly gardening.

The Butterfly Conservation Initiative

Butterfly Activity Guide Cover

The Butterfly Conservation Initiative (BFCI) was established in 2001. The BCFI is a partnership between the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Partnerships and Outreach. The BFCI has an educational mission that includes the promotion, protection, and restoration of native North American butterflies and their habitats. They have developed a variety of educational initiatives including programs, special events and exhibits, interpretive signage, curriculum, workshops, and activism.

The BFCI has created a Butterfly Activity Guide in partnership with the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and the National Wildlife Federation. You can download the entire guide, or each individual activity.

Download the entire publication: BCFI Activity Guide (PDF, 335 KB)

Butterfly Activity Guide

The following are excerpted sections from the Butterfly Activity Guide.

Other Helpful Websites

Celebrating Wildflowers

Celebrating Wildflowers logo

The Celebrating Wildflowers website is dedicated to the enjoyment of the thousands of wildflowers growing on the National Forests and Grasslands and to educating the public about the many values of native plants.

Visit related Celebrating Wildflowers web pages to learn more about:

Butterfly House

Composite photo of various pollinators and flowers. Photo by Beatriz Mossiett 2006.

The Butterfly House is a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden and its mission is to foster a better understanding and increased awareness of our natural world. The Butterfly House is a not-for-profit organization which was established in 1995 to foster a better understanding of butterflies and increase awareness of the natural habitat in which butterflies thrive. Their materials are used here with permission from the Butterfly House.

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign

Pollinators poster

Pollinators posters are made available by the USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), U.S. Botanical Gardens, and the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign).

Visit the CoEvolution Institute's website or contact the the CoEvolution Institute at their email address,

Monarch Teacher Network - Canada (MTNC)

Monarch Teacher Network - Canada logo.

The MTNC is a group of Canadians interested in the environment, promoting a global community, and bringing the inspiring story of the monarch butterfly to classrooms. The group is made up of elementary teachers, interested individuals, and partners with the United States and Mexico to form a North American network of teachers committed to the preservation of the monarch butterfly and its habitat. The MTNC is part of the Monarch Teacher Network.