Workshop participants study and talk about a dragonfly

Monarch workshop participants learn proper handling techniques

2020 Citizen Science Trainings

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) Virtual Training

Saturday, June 20, 9–11 a.m.
Learn how to get involved with monarch butterfly research and conservation. Participants will learn about monarch biology, practice monitoring and data entry protocols, and become prepared to monitor at the Arboretum or in their communities. The training is appropriate for beginners and also a good refresher for current volunteers. MLMP is a national citizen science project. Instructor: Karen Oberhauser, Arboretum director. Registration required by June 18. Use this form to sign up.

Dragonfly Monitor Virtual Training

Sunday, June 28, 9–11 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. In this virtual training, participants will learn to identify common dragonfly species, conduct surveys, and record and submit data. No experience needed. Instructor: Brad Herrick, Arboretum ecologist. Advance registration required by June 25. Use this form to sign up.

Arboretum Mycoflora Project Workshops

Discover the biology and ecology of fungi and participate in a mycoflora citizen science project. Learn to photograph and document fungi, take part in an outdoor bioblitz, and practice fungal identification skills. Long pants and closed-toe shoes required. Instructors: Jessica Ross, Arboretum citizen science coordinator, and Kathleen Thompson, Madison Mycological Society member.

Mycoflora workshops are 9 a.m.–12 p.m. on the following Saturdays. Free. Registration required by the Tuesday before workshop. Email Jessica Ross for information.

  • October 3 – Fall on-site events are tentative and may be cancelled.