Mini Monarch Essentials

Join the Monarch Joint Venture for a self-paced online course to learn about monarch butterfly biology, life cycle and identification, migration and overwintering biology, threats and stressors, as well as the conservation actions that you can take to help protect this iconic species.

Language: English

Instructors: Monarch Joint Venture staff

Course Fee: $50

Users will be prompted to create an account in order to register for and access the course. If cost is a barrier to your participation and you would like to request financial support, please email 


Mini Monarch Essentials is a self-paced online course taught by Monarch Joint Venture staff. Multiple chapters provide foundational knowledge of monarch butterfly ecology, threats, and the effective conservation actions that everyone can take to help protect this valuable species and support thriving pollinator ecosystems. You will come away with knowledge and practical information about monarch biology, migration, threats and pressures, and conservation research and action strategies. (NOTE: This course is an abridged version of our Complete Monarch Essentials course which is currently under development.) This course should take about 2 hours to complete. Participants will have the opportunity throughout the course to ask questions via email and on discussion boards. Live Q&A sessions will also be scheduled throughout the year with MJV science, habitat, and education specialists. 


Breeding Biology - Life Cycle & Identification

Migration & Overwintering Biology

Population Threats & Stressors

Conservation Strategies & Action - What We Can Do to Help Monarchs