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Monarch NECTAR Hub

from Monarch Joint Venture

Network for Education on Conservation, Training, and Research 

Monarch NECTAR Hub

Welcome to the Monarch NECTAR Hub, a network for education on conservation, training, and research. This resource is here for you! You will find courses about monarch butterflies and training to support the count of monarchs throughout all stages of their lives, all backed by the latest scientific research. Participants will be able to take courses and trainings on their own schedules but still have access to MJV staff for questions.


Since 2009, the MJV has brought together partners from across the United States in a unified effort to conserve the monarch butterfly migration. This diverse partnership includes federal and state agencies, other nonprofits, community groups, businesses, and academic programs that work together to implement data-driven conservation actions in the form of education, habitat, and science. Check out our courses below to learn about monarchs and how you can become involved in their conservation.


Check out our current course offerings below! Or click the 'Explore Courses' button above.

Mini Monarch Essentials 

Mini Monarch Essentials is a 2-hour, self-paced online course that provides introductory knowledge of monarch butterfly biology, threats, and the effective conservation actions that you can take to help protect this iconic species and support thriving pollinator ecosystems.

Cost: $50

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Complete Monarch Essentials 

Complete Monarch Essentials is a 7-hour, self-paced online course that provides foundational knowledge of monarch butterfly biology, ecology, threats, and the effective conservation actions that everyone can take. Chapters on community science and establishing habitat are also included.

Cost: $100
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Monarch Larva Monitoring Project

The MLMP course introduces and trains community scientists on the project's basic skills and requirements of the MLMP. Through this three hour training, you will learn how to identify all life stages of monarch butterflies, their basic biology, and their annual life cycle. 

Cost: $30
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Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program  

The IMMP is a national program to collect milkweed, nectar plant, and monarch use data from various land-use types and regions. 

Cost: FREE

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Science-Based Content

We provide reliable and relevant information that is informed by the latest science and research.

Expert Instructors 

Instructors are experienced conservation practitioners and knowledgeable about monarchs, habitat, and more.

Engagement Opportunities 

Course participants have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with MJV staff.

Online Resources 

Students have access to a plethora of MJV resources including educational handouts, webinars, & more. 


This course was great to get an understanding of the full situation with the Monarch butterfly. It helped to clarify parts of the lifecycle that I was not aware of despite having taught about butterflies for over a decade. I feel like I can better teach my students how to help Monarchs and other pollinators as well. The information was clear and well expressed to help me easily understand. In addition, the resources provided to look at in further detail are excellent and well put together.

Misty, Alabama

The Mini Monarch Essentials Course is a must for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of Monarch butterflies and actively contribute to their conservation. I left the course feeling not only more informed but also inspired to take meaningful steps in preserving these incredible insects. Don't hesitate – join this course and be part of the Monarch butterfly conservation movement. You won't be disappointed!

Sara, Illinois

“This is an excellent program for anyone who is interested in learning more about monarchs and monarch conservation but doesn't know where to start. The course is based in scientific research but avoids being bogged down by jargon and complicated language, and is a really comprehensive overview of the species, their biology, what threats face them, and how you can get involved and make a difference.” 

Catherine, Illinois

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