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 found on this website, a discussion forum, a newsletter and direct support from our Education Coordinator.  Your engagement level will help determine the success of this project and the extent to which we can support you and your students in the future.


 

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

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STUDENTS LOVE MONARCHS

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Serah Pesce Las Americas ASPIRA Academy; Newark, DE

"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!"

Kris Lloyd Bedford Hills Elementary School; Lynchburg, VA

"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."

Toni Lundeen Emily G. Johns Intermediate School; Plano, IL
"Seven fifth grade classrooms raise and capture monarchs to tag for Monarch Watch. After tagging, the butterflies are released into the butterfly garden. Students are taught to identify varieties of milkweed and nectar plants. Some have established gardens at their homes. The school's gardens were featured in a community garden walk which helped raise awareness."