Monarch Festival StoryWalk: Señorita Mariposa
Friday, September 18 – Monday, September 21 at Diane Main Park
Premieres Monday, September 21 on the Adult Programs playlist.
Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle
Premieres Monday, September 21 on the Youth Programs playlist.
Take & Make: Butterfly Life Cycle (Ages 3 – 8)
Kits are available beginning Tuesday, September 22.
WPL Kids: Butterfly Suncatcher Video & Kit (Grades K – 5)
Kits/video are available beginning Tuesday, September 22.
Framed Monarchs and Flowers Video & Kit (Adults)
Kits/video are available beginning Wednesday, September 23.
WPL Teens: Perler Bead Butterflies (Grades 6 – 12)
Kits/video are available beginning Wednesday, September 23.
Pick up free, pollinator-friendly plant seeds for your garden, Monday, September 21 – Friday, September 25 in the lobby.
Journey North — This is one of North America’s premiere citizen science programs for people of all ages. The program operates out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. The site offers resources for all ages to learn more about these insects. There are pictures, articles, videos, and more to explore.
Monarch Joint Venture — The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic programs working together to protect the monarch migration across the United States. This organization provides information about the Monarch Butterfly and has information and resources on how you can get involved in saving this species.
Monarch Watch — Monarch Watch is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and it’s spectacular fall migration. The organization’s website provides more information on this insect, migration patterns, and more. A resource for teachers and adults to learn more about these native butterflies.
National Geographics Kids: Monarch Butterfly — Learn more about this amazing insect and its journey from North America to South America. Watch a short video that captures its life cycle from egg to butterfly.
National Geographic: Monarch Butterfly Educational Activity for Grades 5-10 — This resource is for teachers and middle school/high school students and explores the life cycle and migration of Monarch Butterflies. Enjoy time-lapse videos showing this amazing insect’s life span.
National Geographic Kids: The Butterfly Life Cycle — Learn about the butterfly’s life cycle from egg to butterfly.
National Geographic: Monarch Butterfly — Learn more about this butterflies habitat. Watch a short video that captures a Monarch Butterfly swarm.
Nature on PBS: Monarch Butterfly Swarm — Enjoy a short video capturing a Monarch Butterfly swarm caught on camera by a Hummingbird Drone.
Nature on PBS: Monarch Butterfly Fact Sheet — Enjoy this comprehensive fact sheet about this amazing insect.
North Dakota Game and Fish Department: Monarch Life Cycle — Enjoy this short YouTube video created by the ND Game and Fish Department exploring the life cycle of a monarch butterfly.
San Diego Zoo: Butterflies — Learn more about this amazing insect and all the different sp ecies that inhabit our world.
Scientific American: “How Monarch Butterflies Evolved to Eat Poisonous Plants” — Learn more about Monarch evolution in this short article published in October 2019. Biologists examine how Monarchs developed to eat Milkweed plants, which give the caterpillars their distinct coloring.
World Wildlife Foundation: Monarch Butterflies — Learn more about what the WWF is doing and what you can do to save this insect. Explore their habitat and why they are essential pollinators.
World Wildlife Foundation: Monarch Tool Kit — A resource for teachers and students looking to learn about and apply their knowledge of this amazing butterfly.
U.S. Forest Services: Monarch Butterfly Teacher and Student Resources — This government website has a variety of educational resources for students of all ages. There are handouts, articles, and additional resources for students and educators to learn more about the Monarch Butterfly.
United States Department of Agriculture: Monarch Butterfly — This government website has information on the Monarch Butterfly for all regions of the United States. Explore this pollinator’s U.S. habitats and its importance to our ecosystem.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Save the Monarch — This government website looks at conservation efforts on an individual and community level. Learn more about this insect and what we can do to save this species.
“Founded in 1972, The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations dedicated to preserving and restoring open space, protecting rivers and watersheds and promoting stewardship of the environment in northeastern Illinois.”
“The DuPage Monarch Project is a group of local organizations working together to provide education about monarchs and increase the amount of suitable monarch habitat throughout DuPage County. DuPage Monarch Project is asking mayors and village boards to formally resolve to make their communities more monarch friendly.”
“Our mission is to promote birding among our 300+ members and the general public through field experiences and education that focus on the various habitats in DuPage County, the greater Chicago area, and other regional hotspots.”
“For over 100 years the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has striven to protect and improve the county’s natural areas while providing high-quality educational and recreational experiences for the people who call DuPage home.”
“Lyman Woods is 150 acres of oak woods, prairie, and marsh habitats that supports over 300 species of native plants. Discover an amazing diversity of plant life, including six species classified as rare in the Chicago region. Catch a glimpse of animals including deer, coyote, fox, Cooper’s Hawks, Great Horned Owls, a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, insects, and numerous songbirds.”