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Monarchs in our Schools Educational Kits Available


Monarchs in our Schools Sign Up Deadline

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Sign-up Now for Monarchs in Our Schools Program

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties is excited to announce it will be hosting a free Monarchs in our Schools Program this fall. Elementary teachers and community educators, grades 3-5, are eligible for a monarch hatching and monitoring kit free of charge. The Monarchs in our Schools program allows students to partake in hands on scientific learning. Students will be able to see the butterfly’s life cycle right before their eyes!

Enrolled classrooms will receive their monitoring kits along with an educational program from Anna Harrod-McGrew, 4-H Natural Resource Educator.  This educational program may be in-person or provided via video or ZOOM. Students will learn about the importance of pollinators and how to care for monarch caterpillars at each stage of their lives. Additional educational materials and activities will be provided along with the kits for teachers to use as they watch the caterpillars transform into butterflies. There will be no teacher training required this year.

Whether students are in the classroom or learning from home, monarch kits can offer a wonderful opportunity for experiential learning. Despite challenges presented by COVID-19 we are excited to offer this unique opportunity to up to 20 classrooms in Columbia and Greene Counties. Classroom monarch kits will be delivered to teachers in early September as the monarch butterflies must hatch and begin their journey south before the end of September.  The deadline to sign up is September 8.

To register for Monarchs in Our Schools, please contact Anna Harrod-McGrew at (518) 318-1180 or This program would not be possible without the generous financial support of The Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation. Their support helps to make our educational programing a reality.




Anna Harrod-McGrew
4-H Natural Environment Educator
(518) 828-3346 ext 202

Last updated July 31, 2020