What is the Waystation Network?
The Monarch Waystation Network is a Monarch Watch project developed to connect and support schools who have pollinator gardens and/or incorporate monarchs into their curriculum. We aim to facilitate the use of your garden as a learning center- a center for discover, self-instruction, and sharing of knowledge by the students. We do not intend to provide all the answers, instead we intend to guide learners to ask questions and then seek their own answers.
The main components of the Monarch Waystation Network are the resources on this website, a discussion forum, a newsletter and direct support from our Education Coordinator. Your engagement level will help drive this project and the extent to which we can support you and your students in the future.
The Monarch Migration is Underway!
No matter the age range of your students, incorporating the monarch migration into your classroom curricula is fun and engaging! For a short list of ideas connecting the migration to content standards, click HERE.
Don't forget to track the migration and/or report your observations! Click below to open the Journey North migration maps. And check out our Curricula pages to learn how to use the maps in your class!
We love hearing about incredible projects, student successes, media attention, and all the other inspirational stories from schools across the nation! To share with us, please use the contact form or join our forum.
The spotlight is now on...
*Willis Lane Elementary School*
Third and fourth graders at Wills Lane Elementary School in Keller, TX, "...want to show the world that anyone can help monarchs..." and want to "...inspire other schools and communities to take action!" These students recently wrote a letter to Keller Mayor, Mark Mathews, urging him to sign the National Wildlife Federation's Mayor's Monarch Pledge....and he did it!
Thanks to these young conservationists, Keller, TX will officially take action to help monarchs and other pollinators! These students have proven that anyone of any age can make a difference, and that exercising democracy by contacting your elected officials truly has an impact. Keep up the great work, Wills Lane!!
Young citizen scientists from Wills Lane help tag a monarch.
Resources and Support
Connect and share with other educators and students
Great stand-alone projects or discussion-starters
Resources and links for educators
Resources on milkweed, pollinator habitat and garden maintenance
Learn more about monarchs and common Waystation insects
Waystation map, newsletter archive, blog and free downloads
Contact the Monarch Waystation Education Coordinator
New page coming soon
STUDENTS LOVE MONARCHS
"We had so many caterpillars in our Waystation! We have tagged and released well over 25 adults...we are honored to be a part of this effort...It has been wildly successful at our school both for the butterflies and for the enrichment for the kids!"
"This has all been just an amazing experience. Our classes raised about 30 cats in the fall that they found on our milkweed. The students were so much more engaged than when we bought painted lady cats. It was one of the funnest things I have ever done."