Monarch Mysteries

by  Butterfly Pavilion

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Monarchs are famous for their long-distance migrations. The latest mystery is their numbers are dramatically dwindling. Find out what scientists know and actions that are making a difference!

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About This Program


Point to Point: $100.00


45 minutes, plus 15 minute connection time

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Programs are available by request Mondays-Fridays between 8am and 5pm MST. Two weeks' advance notice required for requests.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Once a reservation is confirmed, we depend on your group's attendance. A $50 processing fee is assessed for any of the following: cancellation or date change within 15 DAYS of the reserved date or no show.

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Butterfly Pavilion

Westminster, CO
United States

At Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are everywhere, because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom, and we--you and us--stand on the backs of these tiny giants. 

Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world and a leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection. Our virtual programs feature interactive, real-time lessons on-screen facilitated by a Butterfly Pavilion educator, live on-screen animal experiences and/or exploration of real-world conservation topics and curriculum-aligned content that uses visual and audio media to illustrate science concepts.

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Program Details


1. Using images and videos, we introduce the monarch butterfly.
2. Students use their own individual maps to track the monarch butterfly's migration progress as it is impacted by various obstacles; along the way, they are introduced to the butterfly life cycle and other related concepts.
3. We discuss national initiatives and local citizen science efforts to support butterfly and other pollinator habitat to empower students to get involved.


1. Students will understand the magnitude of and the challenges faced during a monarch butterfly’s migration.
2. Students will discover steps they can take to support monarch (and other invertebrates’) conservation.

•(I THINK) I can understand the monarch butterfly’s migration and life cycle patterns.
•(I FEEL) I can appreciate the challenges monarchs (and other invertebrates) face.
•(I DO) I can take steps to support the migration of monarchs and the survival of other native species at my home or school.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

3rd Grade
•3-LS1-1 Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

4th Grade
•4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

5th Grade
•5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

6th Grade
•MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
•MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
•MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

State Standards

Colorado Science Curriculum Standards
•SC09-GR.3-S.2-GLE.1 - The duration and timing of life cycle events such as reproduction and longevity vary across organisms and species.
•SC09-GR.4-S.2-GLE.3 - There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of ecosystems.
•SC09-GR.5-S.2-GLE.1 - All organisms have structures and systems with separate functions.
•SC09-GR.6-S.2-GLE.1 - Changes in environmental conditions can affect the survival of individual organisms, populations, and entire species.