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The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Biology & Research

Biology & Research

Learn more about the complex biology and natural history of monarchs, from identifying instars to following their migration patterns, and learn about what researchers are studying.

Education & Gardening

Education & Gardening

Monarchs and gardens can be useful educational tools in both formal classroom settings and informal learning environments. This page provides more information on Monarch Lab workshops, curriculum guides, and butterfly gardening.


Monarch Larva Monitoring Project

The MLMP is a program in which volunteer citizen scientists collect and report real scientific data on monarch egg and larval distribution and abundance from their monarch breeding habitat(s).


Monarch Store

A place to buy all of your monarch-related things! Shop for curriculum guides, monitoring supplies, other educational materials and more.

Welcome to the Monarch Lab's New Website!

The Monarch Lab aims to combine real science with techniques that work for both teachers and students. Within the Monarch Lab, there are opportunities for formal and informal educators to be guided in instructing their students to learn science in ways that reflect the science process methods scientists use to understand the natural world.

Latest News

Dr. Karen Oberhauser featured on NBC Nightly News again!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 2:09 pm

The U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service along with the National Wildlife Foundation is spending $2 million to help save the iconic monarch butterfly. NBC's environmental correspondent speaks to Dr. Oberhauser about the monarch's plight and even visits a grade school classroom that is in the midst of studying the butterfly.

From Our Blog

Citizen Scientists Needed to Study the Changing Milkweed Population

Thursday, February 19, 2015 11:32 am

Biologists at the College of William and Mary are seeking volunteers to aid them in studying the genetics of Common Milkweed (Asclepias Syriaca) in order to track and understand how monarchs and other invertebrates will respond to changes in milkweed populations. The study depends on collecting Common Milkweed samples across its native range. This means the study also depends on dedicated citizen scientists willing to collect samples! Here is the letter from Dr. Harmony Dalgleish and Dr. Joshua Puzey calling for volunteers:


About Us

Meet Monarch Lab staff and students and get to know our history.



Many different Monarch Lab programs will benefit from a financial contribution. Read more about how to support our work.


Monarch Conservation

The UMN Monarch Lab is a partner of the Monarch Joint Venture, a national partnership working to conserve the monarch migration in the U.S.

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