Working Woodlands Workshop: Mission Monarch, State of the Butterfly

Date and Time:

June 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, Woodstock VT

Did you know populations of Vermont’s state butterfly, the Monarch, have been declining dramatically over the last two decades? While conservation research has focused on this issue, there are still many unknowns in the ecology of this beautiful and tenacious species. Join us for this workshop, brought to you by the National Park, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, and the Montreal Insectarium, and learn how you can get involved in documenting Monarch breeding this summer! The workshop will prepare you with everything you need to participate in the 2019 International Monarch Monitoring Blitz. From July 27th to August 4th, observers across the United States, Canada, and Mexico will be surveying milkweed plants in search of all life stages of Monarchs. Data will be collected by Mission Monarch and used to paint a better picture of Monarch populations.

André-Philippe Drapeau Picard from the Montreal Insectarium will lead a presentation on Monarch biology, their conservation status, and actions you can take to help them thrive. Then, head into the Park to survey milkweed plants and assess Woodstock’s Monarch population! Data will be reported to Mission Monarch to contribute to the greater monitoring effort. You can then take your skills to your community and organize Monarch monitoring field trips during the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz! All ages welcome!

Co-sponsored by Vermont Coverts and the Vermont Woodlands Association.

Location: Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, Woodstock VT. Parking is available in the Billings Farm & Museum overflow lot, located on Old River Road.

Fee – No cost

Reservations – Contact us at the National Park (information below) to reserve your space. Be sure to tell us how many are coming.

Contact – To register or learn more call (802) 457-3368 x 222, or e-mail us at