Be the Super Generation that Saves the Monarchs
Gardening for Monarchs and Pollinators
- plant native milkweed
- provide three seasons of flowering native plants
- reduce or eliminate pesticides
- expand gardens and reduce lawn
- leave the leaves in fall, let stems and stalks overwinter and hold off spring clean up
Educate and Engage
- add a monarch sign to the garden
- share your story
- spread the word about monarchs and pollinators
- engage in citizen science
- DuPage Monarch Project
- DuPage Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
- Morton Arboretum
- Volunteer with the local park district or garden club’s natural areas project
- Tagging migrating monarchs
- Monitoring milkweed with the Field Museum
- Monitoring caterpillars with Monarch Joint Venture
- Counting butterflies with the North American Butterfly Association
Soft Landings? What are they and why are they important?
DuPage Monarch Project Annual Reports
Gardening for Bumble Bees – Heather Holm
What is a Monarch Waystation
University of Illinois Extension Service
Questions about milkweed species, plants pests and monarch butterflies can be answered by the U of I Extension Service help desk at
(630) 955 1123
Monarch & Pollinator Presentations: Monarch Joint Venture and our partners have developed basic overview presentations of monarch and pollinator biology and conservation for public use. These presentations may be downloaded for any non-commercial use (for education only). You may adapt the presentations that are by the Monarch Joint Venture.
IMPORTANT: The appropriate organization listed in the powerpoint should be credited as a source of the material, and photo and graphic credits should always remain as they are displayed in the original presentation. You may add or remove slides depending on your needs in the Monarch Joint Venture presentations.
To download, use the following link to view the presentations on Google Drive and then use the down arrow button at the top of the preview to download the presentation. Download the presentations here.
Bringing Nature Home: The Importance of Native Plants by Doug Tallamy
Bringing Nature Home was published in 2007 and was instrumental in getting people excited about native plants and the many pollinators and insects they support. Tallamy has also written: Nature’s Best Hope and The Nature of Oaks.