About the Monarch Teacher Network of Canada
Monarch Teacher Network of Canada (MTN of C) is a growing network of educators who believe that by bringing nature to the classroom, we can teach, inspire, and connect our students in an authentic way to the natural world.
Monarchs are in trouble. According to the World Wildlife Fund, the Eastern monarch butterfly population decreased 43.7% to 0.67 ha in December 2013 from the previous record low the year before. The migration may be an endangered phenomenon. We are educators, naturalists and butterfly enthusiasts that want to do something about it.
United by a Tiny Butterfly
Our story begins in southern New Jersey in August 2001, when eighteen teachers were trained at the very first Teaching & Learning with Monarch Butterflies hosted by Monarch Teacher Network (MTN). The workshop was met with great success, and teachers were eager to bring their newfound knowledge and workshop experiences back to the classroom. In 2003, the reach of the project expanded to Canada and the first workshop was hosted in Kingston, Ontario. Since 2009, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) has served as the Canadian administrator for the MTN program in Canada, with support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
In 2014, MTN of C hosted 11 workshops focused on teaching skills and concepts that inspire people to share what they've learned in their own schools and communities. We have an active chapter in Manitoba and are working to establish additional hubs across Canada. We've branched out from Teaching & Learning with Monarch Butterflies to include Voices from the Land and Creating Monarch Friendly Habitat to our suite of professional development workshops.
Not only are we educating others about conservation, but we are actively restoring monarch habitat. To date, our volunteers have installed monarch habitat in Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Cambridge, South Mountain and Port Rowan, and we continue to look for more opportunities to create additional habitat.
We regularly engage a growing network of about 300 monarch enthusiasts and have 30 active volunteers that facilitate our workshops. We'd love to add you to our network.