Workshop participants study and talk about a dragonfly

Monarch workshop participants learn proper handling techniques

2022 Monarch Larva Monitoring Project Trainings

Citizen science volunteers are critical to informing and inspiring monarch conservation. Learn how to collect data that contributes to knowledge of monarch populations. Participants will learn about monarch biology, monitoring procedures, and data entry protocols, and have time to ask questions of experts. The trainings, organized by Monarch Joint Venture and the UW–Madison Arboretum, are relevant for both newcomers and active participants in monarch citizen science projects. The four-hour virtual trainings will be conducted in two parts with a one-hour break between them. During the break, you will have an opportunity to use your newfound knowledge.

Registrants should select a training based on geographic interest. The four trainings cover generally similar topics, but the material is designed around the maturation and readiness of plant and insect life in different regions.

  • California: January 22, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (CST)
  • Southern states: March 26, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (CST)
  • Western states: April 23, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (CST)
  • Northern states: June 4, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (CST)

Instructors: Katie-Lyn Bunney, education coordinator, Monarch Joint Venture; Julia Whidden, citizen science coordinator, UW–Madison Arboretum; and Karen Oberhauser, director, UW–Madison Arboretum.

Advance registration is required. Fee: $45. Subsidized seats are available. Sign up at Monarch Joint Venture»

If you would like to attend but the registration cost is a barrier, please email Drake Lawrence, Monarch Joint Venture events coordinator, at

If you have questions about which session is best based on your location, please email Drake Lawrence, Monarch Joint Venture events coordinator, at