Two-day workshops on improving monarch habitats

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

The DNR’s Natural Resources Education Center is offering two chances to take part in a two-day workshop on improving monarch butterfly habitats.

The workshops will also teach participants how to do monarch-related science projects at homes, schools or parks.

Activities will include handling live monarchs and larvae, identifying monarch larvae on milkweed outside, and exploring monarch curriculum for grades K-8.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

* Describe the life cycle of an individual monarch traveling from Indiana to the mountains of Mexico then back to the United States.
* Identify the monarch life cycle stages.
* Raise healthy monarchs in a classroom or at home.
* Understand the habitat needs of monarchs and identify at least one action step to improve their yard, school or park for monarchs.
* Demonstrate the skills necessary for participation in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Program, to include milkweed identification, site selection, butterfly tagging, and data collection.

July 21, 22

Muscatatuck NWR, Seymour, IN
July 21, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

July 22, 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Registration deadline: July 11

July 27, 28
Pokagon State Park, Angola, IN
July 27, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

July 28, 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Registration deadline: July 18

A materials fee is due in advance. For Muscatatuck the fee is $30 and for Pokagon it’s $32.

To register, contact the Natural Resources Education Center at (317) 562-1338 or nrec@dnr.in.gov. For details, visit the NREC online at www.in.gov/dnr/nrec.

 

Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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