Help School Children Conserve Butterflies

Target: Cathy Kipp, President of Poudre  School Board of Education

Goal: Create a monarch butterfly conservation school program for students.

Monarch butterflies are struggling to survive. Caterpillars need milkweed for food and adult butterflies need milkweed in order to lay their eggs. The increased use of herbicides in the United States has drastically reduced the milkweed population and thus threatened the monarch butterflies. There are many efforts underway to save these butterflies, but many of these efforts aren’t incorporating the future generations. Schools need to teach children about the importance of conservation and should create a monarch butterfly program.

By involving students in the conservation efforts of a species, especially when the students are in control of the efforts, schools are teaching kids the importance of being good stewards of this planet. Students will be the ones to continue with the preservation of monarchs, which makes teaching them about conservation even more important. Creating a conservation program for monarchs would be a great way to get students to learn about monarchs and ecosystems and also learn about working in teams. It would also teach them the importance of conservation.

In this conservation program, students would be in charge of planting milkweed patches on school property and maintaining these patches. Once the monarch butterflies arrived, students would then monitor the numbers of butterflies in addition to counting the eggs that are laid. When the caterpillars hatched, students would monitor those populations and maintain journals until those caterpillars became butterflies. This cycle would repeat itself with each migration of the monarchs, and students would compare population counts each year.

Please sign this petition to get our students involved with conservation efforts to save the monarch butterflies.


Dear Ms. Kipp,

It’s important for schools to teach students about nature and the value of preserving plant and animal species. Students can learn important skills through conservation programs such as a monarch butterfly conservation effort.

Students would be in charge of planting milkweed fields for the monarch butterflies. Milkweed is vital to the survival of monarchs by providing a place to lay their eggs, giving their caterpillars a source of food and giving adult monarchs a steady supply of nectar. Unfortunately, with the increased use of herbicides in the United States, milkweed populations have dramatically declined. Without milkweed, monarchs cannot hope to survive.

Along with the planting and maintenance of the milkweed fields, students would keep journals detailing the numbers of monarchs arriving each year. They would perform egg counts during the laying season and then monitor the number of caterpillars that hatched. Students would be able to see a visible increase in monarch populations and would be able to see tangible results from their hard work. This would encourage students to continue to be involved in conservation.

I urge you to create a monarch butterfly conservation program for schools. The students would benefit from the skills they would learn during this program, and the butterfly numbers would be able to stabilize.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kenneth Dwain Harrelson

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  1. My family have over 20 milk weed plants, and we have more coming up. We saved over 20 butterflies last year. we are excited about all new babies this year.


  3. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & sharing

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