Piatt County Master Gardeners spent the summer of 2017 developing a pollinator habitat/demonstration garden at Allerton Park’s Visitors’ Center. The garden provides habitat while also educating park visitors on developing their own pollinator habitat using brochures in the Visitors’ Center in addition to the plot itself. Contact: Micah Putman, 217-300-9914
Monarch Magic and Other Programs in South Beloit
Nature at the Confluence in South Beloit, Illinois, has conducted the following monarch-related programs since opening in June 2017. They also worked with the South Beloit mayor to sign the Mayor's Monarch Pledge and feature a "Monarch Magic" exhibit this summer. Contact Person: Therese Oldenburg, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Raise Monarchs, July 22, 2018
Would you like to learn about raising monarchs? Come to this program to find out how easy it is to raise a monarch. You’ll learn about the life stages, how to find eggs or caterpillars and how to successfully take care of them until you can release a beautiful monarch butterfly.
Be A Butterfly Hero, June 19, 2018
Bring the kids to Nature At the Confluence for some natural fun! In this program kids visit our monarch exhibit, learn about their life cycle, habitat and the challenges monarchs face. They learn how they can help bring back the monarch population
Monarch Magic Exhibit, June 16-Sept 16, 2018
Our Monarch Magic live exhibit offers people the opportunity to see learn all about the monarch life cycle and how they can help the monarch.
Wild Up Your Backyard – How To Transform Your Yard Into a Wildlife Oasis, March 25, 2018
Guest speaker Mary Anne Mathwich, member of the Wild Ones Natural Landscapers for 23 years, will share how she has invited nature into her yard by introducing native plants into the landscape. You’ll learn the process of turning a “pollinator desert” of a yard into an oasis for butterflies, moths, bees, birds and other creatures.
Butterfly Hero - School Program, May - July, 2018
Students learn all about monarchs, their life cycle, habitat and the challenges monarchs face. They learn how they can help bring back the monarch population
“The Importance of Pollinators” featuring Larry and Emily Scheunemann, September 6, 2017
Our presenters for this program are Larry and Emily Scheunemann, who have a 30-acre farm in Whitewater that focuses on hummingbirds and monarchs. Larry and Emily were featured in the June/July 2017 issue of “Our Wisconsin” magazine, and each year they open their farm to the public in September to observe hummingbird banding and monarch tagging. Attendees of this program will learn about their farm and how you can visit it during their open houses.
Master Gardener Leads Monarch Lesson for Juvenile Detention Youth
On May 24, 2018, Champaign County Master Gardener Ruth Landry led an educational program about monarchs for juvenile detention youth. Pictures and a common milkweed with evidence of feeding activity were used to explain the monarch life cycle. Emphasis was placed on the importance of common milkweed for monarch survival. The migration process and the four different cycles of production of the monarch were discussed. Ruth Landry, email@example.com
IDNR ENTICE Workshop
A Monarch Mania! ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) workshop was held on August 25, 2018, at the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center in Pecatonica. Participants learned from a butterfly expert, went for a hike to look for monarchs and other butterflies, participated in educational activities and received supplemental resources to teach about the topic.
Pollinators and the Prairie Workshop
The IDNR Division of Education hosted a Pollinators and the Prairie ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) workshop at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle on September 22, 2018. Participants visited the prairie to learn about the plants that pollinators use and observed pollinators in action. Several activities related to pollinators were conducted. Resources to support the teaching of this topic were provided.