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Get Started

Before you get started monitoring, learn the ground rules, tips for finding a site, and what you will need to be a successful MLMP volunteer!


Complete our online training, find an in-person training or trainer near you, or find detailed instructions on how to participate on MLMP activity datasheets.

MLMP Activity Datasheets

Choose from the variety of MLMP activities that most interest you, ranging from weekly monitoring of milkweed habitats for eggs and larvae to tracking survival of monarchs collected in the wild.


Access your user profile to enter MLMP data you’ve collected, or sign up as a new volunteer.

American Spring LIVE

Spring is one of nature’s greatest performances – a time of rebirth, renewed energy and dramatic transformations. For three consecutive nights, Monday, April 29 - Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) and Facebook, Nature: American Spring LIVE presents the change from winter to spring in real time from iconic locations across America. A diverse group of researchers and citizen scientists will investigate how a wide range of organisms respond to the change of seasons. They will share their insights into the natural world, reveal new technologies that make their discoveries possible and encourage audiences to join the adventure of science. The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) will be featured on Nature: American Spring LIVE and explain how to get involved in the science of spring through monarch citizen science.

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