Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)

Be a community scientist with the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP)! This asynchronous training will show you how to collect data that contributes to our knowledge about the monarch population. Participants will learn about monarch biology, monitoring procedures, and data entry protocols and will be able to ask monarch biologists their questions about monarchs and monitoring in a monthly live Q&A session. 

Instructors: Dr. Karen Oberhauser, Alyssa Taylor

Course Fee: $30

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

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Does your heart soar and fill with wonder when a monarch flutters by? Are you concerned about the monarch population or wildlife in general?

Participating in the MLMP makes a difference. It is an exciting way for monarch and nature enthusiasts to contribute basic knowledge about monarch population dynamics and foster monarch and habitat conservation. Help from volunteers across the country gives scientists a bigger and better understanding of the health of the monarch population. Your involvement is the key!

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) is a completely asynchronous course to introduce and train community scientists on the basic skills and requirements of participating in the MLMP. During this course, you will learn how to identify all life stages of monarchs, their basic biology and their annual life cycle through breeding, migrating, and overwintering. You will also come away with skills, understanding, and value of contributing to monarch community science through projects like the MLMP. Once completed with this course, you will be able to join community scientists from around the world that are exploring and monitoring their natural surroundings while engaging in real scientific research.

Participants will have access to monthly Q&A sessions with MJV and UW Arboretum staff to ask questions about the course and monitoring protocol. 

Certificates of completion can be issued for teachers, Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners, etc. Please email if one is needed.


Intro to Training and MLMP

Monarch Biology and Conservation Basics

Site Selection and Description

Activity Training


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