Monarch Teacher Network of Canada

Monarch Teacher Network of Canada (MTN of C) is a growing collective of educators and nature enthusiasts who teach and inspire people to connect with nature through hands-on training, teacher resources, and professional development workshops.

We are committed to fostering a deeper connection to the natural world through explorations of art, science and environmental action.


Wildlife Scientific Collector’s Authorization for Monarch Butterflies
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About the Network

Our story begins in southern New Jersey in August 2001, when 18 teachers were trained at the very first Teaching & Learning with Monarch Butterflies workshop, hosted by a group of dedicated educators. The workshop proved a great success, leaving teachers eager to bring their newfound knowledge and experience back to the classroom.

In 2003, the reach of the project expanded to Canada, with the first workshop hosted in Kingston, Ontario. Since 2009, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has served as the Canadian administrator for the MTN program in Canada, with support from the Weston Family Foundation.

Each year, MTN of C hosts multiple workshops focused on teaching skills and concepts that will inspire people to share what they learn in their own schools and communities.

In addition to educating others about conservation, we are actively restoring Monarch butterfly habitat. To date, our volunteers have installed butterfly habitats in Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Cambridge, South Mountain and Port Rowan, and we continue to look for more opportunities to create additional habitat.

monarch butterfly rests on face of woman

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the cost of the workshop?
The registration fee includes expert instruction, a resource package, as well as light snacks. Please note: any additional costs such as parking and admission fees will be communicated in the workshop descriptions and/or registration details.

What should I bring to the workshop?
Please bring appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for the weather; consider a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, a water bottle and travel mug.

What is your privacy policy?
Information collected on your registration form is used only for the purposes of the workshop, and will not be given or sold to others. If you wish to have continued contact with MTN of C after the workshop, you must provide your consent, either in writing or online.

Are workshops guaranteed to run?
All workshops require a minimum number of participants to run. Unforeseen circumstances such as weather events can also force the cancellation of a workshop. MTN of C reserves the right to reschedule or cancel a workshop. We strongly recommend that any travel and accommodation arrangements include a flexible cancellation policy.

We strive to let participants know if a workshop needs to be rescheduled or cancelled at least 48 hours, or two business days, before the event. If MTN of C must cancel a workshop, we will gladly refund all cleared registration fees as quickly as possible — or, if you prefer, we can transfer your registration fee to another workshop.

Do I need a permit to collect Monarch butterflies?
In some provinces, this is a regulated activity. LEARN MORE.

Contact Us

For information about our workshops or general program inquiries, please contact:

Vicky An
Program Manager, Professional Development
(437) 880-1991

Sponsors & Partners:

Weston Family Foundation Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation TRCA corporate logo