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The MJV Introduces the Monarch NECTAR Hub

Oct 10, 2023


  • Community Science
  • Education News

Monarchs rely on nectar for their survival, just as we humans need knowledge to grow and thrive. We're delighted to introduce the Monarch NECTAR Hub: Network for Education on Conservation, Training, and Research—a place where your learning journey takes flight.

Monarch NECTOR Hub breakdown

The Monarch NECTAR Hub has quietly been serving you at, offering live courses about monarch butterflies. But now, with a new name, comes a fresh purpose and exciting content.

Here's what you can expect:

📚 Wide range of materials- Dive into courses that explore the world of monarch butterflies, from their biology to their remarkable migration.

🦋 Community science training- Our training courses will transform you into a monarch-tracking extraordinaire. Learn how to count and monitor these regal insects, becoming a vital contributor to their conservation efforts.

🔬 The latest data- Oh, and did we mention that all our courses are backed by the latest scientific research? You'll be soaking up knowledge that's as fresh as a morning dewdrop on a milkweed leaf.

🕒 Learn where and how you want- Life's hectic, we get it! That's why all our courses are available online and, more importantly, asynchronous. Study at your own pace, on your own schedule, and in your own space. The world of monarchs is now at your fingertips whenever you're ready!

Monarch NECTAR Hub preview

Now, let's talk about what's already buzzing in our Hub: the Mini Monarch Essentials course! This course provides you with the fundamental knowledge of monarch butterfly ecology, their struggles, and the actionable steps you can take to be a steward of these incredible creatures and the thriving pollinator ecosystems they support. It's about a two-hour commitment and covers various aspects of monarchs' lives. All courses have closed captioning, and the Mini Monarch Essentials course will soon have Spanish subtitles!

But hold onto your antennae because the excitement doesn't end there! Later this year, we will launch the Complete Monarch Essentials (CME) course and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project course (MLMP). The CME course is like the Mini Monarch's big sibling, offering even more insights, knowledge, and monarch magic.

Don't just take our word for it; hear what a recent learner had to say about the Mini Monarch Essentials course:

"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."

So, there you have it, folks! The Monarch NECTAR Hub is here to feed your thirst for knowledge, nurture your passion for conservation, and propel you into the world of monarch butterflies. Happy learning!