|Female monarch laying eggs at Thoreau School.|
For two years, the Friends of Lake Wingra (FoLW) has been working with elementary schools.
First we provided caterpillars from a biological supply company to demonstrate the butterfly life cycle.
Then we provided monarch chrysalises ourselves, to reduce costs and help rescue the monarchs.
In a new program for elementary schools, selected students--the Earth Leaders--will raise monarch caterpillars and teach other students about the life cycle.Purpose
- Develop leadership and self-confidence in the student leader.
- Develop biological knowledge and skills in the student leader.
- Provide monarch caterpillars to classrooms at no cost.
- Demonstrate the wonders of metamorphosis to classes.
- Help with monarch recovery.
Steps in the program
- FoLW distributes potted milkweed plants, with tiny caterpillars, to participating students in August.
- The student cares for growing caterpillars, starting one month before school opens in fall.
- Student provides chrysalises to classrooms (next younger grade). Parent helps find participating teachers.
- Student speaks and demonstrates about emerging butterflies.
- Student supervises release of butterflies.
- Student participates in exchange of artwork & photos with children who live where the butterflies overwinter.
- Student participates in sale of milkweed plants to parents the following spring.
FoLW provides help as needed. The last three steps are optional.