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Sometimes it’s nice to play with Mother Nature.

The Queens Botanical Garden will host a Monarch Butterfly Workshop in Flushing on Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free, and breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.

Offered through a partnership with the Metropolitan Monarch Alliance, these “Teacher Professional Development and Community Workshops” will provide training and equipment to individuals who want to create monarch butterfly habitats to raise them indoors and conduct citizen science experiments to educate others about protection.

The lesson plan will include the following:

  • An introduction to the typical habitats, plants, and wildlife associated with monarch butterflies in NYC;
  • A study of the effects of habitat loss and pesticides that threaten the species;
  • Membership to the Queens College Globe New York Metro network;
  • Gifts of plants, a rearing shelter, and a voucher for monarch caterpillars to raise;
  • Training on how to use the citizen science website Journey North to track monarch migration from Mexico to NYC and back in order to time the release of butterflies into the wild; and
  • Training and tools to create and customize a suite of classroom activities aligned with the NYS Common Core (for grades one through six) and to supervise grade-appropriate research projects with monarch butterflies.

For those who can’t attend this workshop, the alliance will hold an additional training at Queens Country Farm Museum on Thursday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also referred to as the “milkweed” and “common wanderer,” the monarch butterfly is easily recognized by its black, orange, and white wings. These pollinators travel thousands of miles during a migration cycle from Mexico to New England and back that takes four generations.

Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Metropolitan Monarch Alliance is a large coalition — including schools, community groups, public garden administrators, environmental centers, businesses, government agencies, and conservation groups – that studies and creates habitats for butterflies and other wildlife across NYC.

Top image: Anne Tan-Detchkov
Bottom image: Metropolitan Monarch Association/Queens College

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