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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

The Monarch Lab is Migrating

Monday, May 6, 2019 12:30 pm

We’re integrating! The Monarch Lab and Monarch Joint Venture have always been close partners, working together from the same location at the University of Minnesota for nearly 10 years. However, the Monarch Joint Venture has recently transitioned to become a standalone nonprofit organization. By continuing to work together  and bringing the strong education initiatives of the Monarch Lab under the wing of the Monarch Joint Venture, we can make sure the great work that the Monarch Lab has done over it’s 25+ year history will continue to inform and enrich the lives of people and educators across North America. 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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