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Monarch Watch

One of the most captivating insects on the planet, monarch butterflies have been experiencing a tremendous decline in their population over the last couple of decades. In an effort to help, Calvert Stewards and naturalist staff are collecting data for multiple monarch citizen science projects.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • population surveys
  • monarch larva monitoring
  • monarch tagging
  • habitat restoration
  • data entry

How You Can Help

You can find more information about this project and register for monarch monitoring opportunities through our new volunteer portal https://calvertstewards.galaxydigital.com.

Monitoring Locations

We monitor monarch populations at the meadows at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm and Gatewood Preserve. Depending on volunteer support, other parks may be added to the study.

Once volunteers know the proper monitoring techniques, they can also participate on their personal property if monarchs and milkweed are present.


Training Video

Upcoming events

    • 06/23/2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 1
    Register

    All Ages. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Monarch butterflies are important pollinators. But why else should we work to conserve these striking orange insects? Come learn all about Monarchs, ways to get involved, and go for a short hike looking for them.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: June 20, 2024

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 10/05/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Gatewood Preserve
    • 7
    Registration is closed

    All Ages

    Learn about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies, and current citizen science projects focused on studying them. See first-hand the process of studying the caterpillars and tagging a Monarch butterfly.

    Location: Gatewood Preserve

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: October 1, 2024

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

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