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Journey North
Journey North provides an online citizen science platform intended to reach educators and the general public and has a wealth of instructional ideas.

Monarch Joint Venture
There are many free resources that you can use to educate yourself and others about monarchs. There are a number of lesson plans, activities, and handouts on the Monarch Joint Venture web site. 

Monarch Education
From the USDA Forest Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Protección de la Fauna Mexicana A.C. (Profauna A.C.), a Mexican non-governmental organization, developed The Monarch Butterfly Manual, Royal Mail: A Manual for the Environmental Educator. This manual was developed for grades Pre-K through 12 and offers activities that promote conservation of the Monarch Butterfly. Each activity includes an overview, background information, and a sidebar that highlights the skills and concepts students will use, along with the learning objectives they will meet. You can download the entire guide or each individual activity.

Project Learning Tree® Lesson Plans

Improve Your Place
This is lesson plan provides a process for planning, designing, and planting a butterfly and pollinator garden, and is a good model to use when creating and planning any service project. In this activity, students are encouraged to plan and carry out a service learning project that focuses on making positive environmental changes in their community. CLICK HERE for a pdf file of “Improve Your Place.” (for grades 5-8)

Can It Be Real?
A beetle that drinks fog. A flower that smells like rotting meat. A fish that “shoots down” its prey. Are these plants and animals for real? In this activity, students discover extraordinary plants and animals, and gain insight on how they are uniquely adapted to environmental conditions. CLICK HERE for a pdf file of “Can It Be Real?” (for grades 4-8)