Workshop participants study and talk about a dragonfly

Monarch workshop participants learn proper handling techniques

Dragonfly Monitoring Virtual Training

Saturday, May 21, 9:30–11 a.m.

The Arboretum relies on volunteers to help survey dragonfly diversity and habitat quality. Gain the knowledge and skills needed to participate in this citizen science project and monitor dragonflies in your community. Training participants will learn to identify common dragonfly species, conduct surveys, and record and submit data. No experience needed. Instructors: Brad Herrick, Arboretum ecologist, Julia Whidden, Arboretum citizen science coordinator. Free. Register by May 16 using this form:

Dragonfly Monitoring Walks

Join the Arboretum and the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society for guided walks to monitor dragonflies, including identifying species and collecting data for the Arboretum’s dragonfly monitoring project. No experience required, but an online training video is available by request (email Family friendly, recommended for ages 8 and up. Walks take place the first Wednesday and third Saturday monthly through September. Meet at the Visitor Center.

  • First Wednesday of the month, 3–4:30 p.m.: June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7
  • Third Saturday of the month, 12–1:30 p.m.: May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20 (will focus on dragonfly photography), September 17

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.

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

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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