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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.

It's time to submit your 2017 MLMP data!

The 2017 Monarch Larva Monitoring Project season is coming to an end and we want your data! You can sign in and enter it by visiting the MLMP website. Remember, even if you didn't see eggs or larvae, your data is still extremely valuable! Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your contribution to monarch citizen science! 

It’s time to submit your 2017 MLMP data!

Latest News

Milkweed Courses Available at St. Olaf

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 11:52 am

Attention Minnesota Teachers, We are pleased to share an opportunity for two free workshops for teachers this summer at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.  Both offer stipends for participation. Read More »

Latest Blog Post

Finding a Connection in Conservation

Finding a Connection in Conservation

Thursday, June 8, 2017 9:17 am

It is not uncommon to have spiritual experiences when in nature. A deep breath of fresh air has a certain healing effect and allows our brains to reset. For many people, having natural experiences offers the opportunity for great realizations. These realizations can be minor and puzzling at times, and at others, they answer the big questions that keep us up at night. They help us recognize how to truly make an impact when the odds are against us. While on a recent trip to Mexico to visit monarch overwintering sites, the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab’s Sarah Weaver, found a deeper understanding of her purpose working in conservation. Read More »


About Us

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


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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