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Metropolitan Monarch Alliance


Teacher Professional Development and Community Workshops  
The Metropolitan Monarch Alliance Teacher Professional Development and Community Workshop will provide school teachers and individuals from the general community with the training and the equipment to create monarch butterfly habitat, raise monarchs indoors, and conduct citizen science to help inform monarch protection efforts. Participants will be introduced to the typical habitats, plants, and wildlife associated with monarch butterflies in NYC and to the effects of climate change, habitat loss, and pesticides that threaten the species. In addition, participants will become part of the Queens College Globe New York Metro network, and will receive ongoing support for their activities involving monarch butterflies.
          School teachers and other educators will be provided with the training and the tools to create and customize a versatile interdisciplinary suite of classroom activities aligned with the NYS Common Core (grades 1-6) and to supervise grade-appropriate research projects with monarch butterflies in the classroom or school garden. Teachers will receive plants, a rearing shelter, and a voucher for monarch caterpillars to raise into adult butterflies. Teachers will learn how to use a citizen science website, Journey North, to track the Monarch migration from Mexico to New York City and back with their classes each year so that they may determine the timing to release their adult butterflies into the wild. Participants will receive support to establish monarch butterfly gardens in their communities or on their school grounds.
          All the participants will receive story books, and curriculum guides that provide tools to integrate activities into their regular curriculum. Everyone will go home with a half dozen native milkweed plants, a small rearing enclosure (cage), and a voucher for live Monarch caterpillars, that will allow them to raise some Monarch Butterflies with their students. Participants will learn how to use the Journey North citizen science program to track Monarch Butterfly migration from Mexico to New York City and back each year and to coordinate the release of their class's Monarch Butterflies with the passing migration. ​Interested teachers will receive support to establish butterfly and pollinator gardens on their school grounds. In addition, participants will become part of Queens College GLOBE NY Metro network and will receive ongoing support for their activities involving Monarch butterflies. ​

Workshops will run from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on April 18th and 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on June 8th. Breakfast is provided. Register below: ​

Workshops for the General Community
Community workshops are designed for individuals interested in environmental fields, conservation, education, community involvement, and networking. Participants will be introduced to and learn to identify typical habitats, plants, and wildlife associated with Monarch butterflies in NYC and the affects of climate change, habitat loss, and pesticide use that threaten these species. Participants will virtually explore and get to know locations of interest to identify sites where Monarch butterfly habitat can be conserved or established. Participants will receive training and resources to responsibly rear Monarch butterflies in their homes and with seeds to establish Monarch habitats and gardens in their neighborhood. Participants will become part of Queens College GLOBE NY Metro network and receive ongoing support for their activities involving Monarch butterflies. 

To be Announced.



For questions, contact David Jakim at David.Jakim@qc.cuny.edu
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