We support environmental education programs that lead to a greater understanding, appreciation, and support of the challenge of monarch conservation. Our programs focus on engaging communities in conservation by providing training as eco-tour guides and in reforestation activities. Eco-tourism workshops combine indoor presentations and hands-on activities with outdoor field work to raise awareness about the importance of conserving the monarch overwintering sites. Participants learn basic monarch biology, including information on the part of the monarch life cycle that occurs in the United States and Canada, as well as skills that will help them become tour-guides and engage in monitoring activities.
“Monarchs, Parasites and Flowers” Video in Process
Cielo Rojo, a member of the Monarch Network, is working on a video exposing the problems generated by the planting and proliferation of non-native milkweed in the summer and winter habitats of migratory monarchs. Well intentioned people are following the example of many North Americans by planting tropical milkweed but unfortunately this is likely negative for the migratory cycle. Planting nectar-producing flowers and native milkweeds in the Mexican migratory route is more effective. The video will be disseminated through the Monarch Network’s partners on their digital platforms and social networks.