Sponsors

Thanks to the many partners, sponsors, organizations, and friends that have made "MonarchLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure" possible.  They include:

Project Lead Partners

U.S. Forest Service   
http://www.fs.fed.us  
International Programs, Conservation Education, Wildlife, Fish, Watershed, Air and Rare Plants (WFWARP), (R9) Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and Urban Connections
The U.S. Forest Service serves as the lead governmental agency for MonarchLive! Program leadership is shared with International Programs (overall program leadership) and the Conservation Education programs (education leadership), while each ‘internal’ FS partner brings focused assistance to the project. The participation of the WFWARP program will engage a wide range of biologists and natural resource managers who are responsible for pollinator and butterfly management on FS lands. The Urban Connections program will assist the project with their experience in engaging urban populations, and will work closely with the project to help build ‘on-the-ground’ partnerships in both Chicago and Minneapolis. Additional internal partnerships are being developed and may include Range, Research and Development and External Affairs.   

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
http://www.fws.gov
Since 1995, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Without Borders-Mexico Program has made a continuing commitment to support the conservation of monarch butterflies. By working with various partners to protect the monarch overwintering habitat, the Service helps ensure that highly valued butterflies in the United States are protected on their multi-generational migration through Mexico. The National Wildlife Refuge System, in partnership with the National Park Service, Canadian Wildlife Service, Parks Canada Agency, and CONANP, is working to develop a Monarch Butterfly Sister Protected Area Network to collaborate on habitat preservation and restoration, research, monitoring, environmental education, and public outreach across North America. The National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Conservation    Training Center support Monarch Live: A Distance Learning Adventure as a means of connecting children with nature through the U.S. Fish and   Wildlife Service Let's Go Outside! program.

Prince William Network   
http://www.pwnet.org 
PWN is a part of Prince William County (Virginia) Public Schools and provides quality, distance-learning opportunities to students, educators, and communities across Virginia and the nation. Prince William Network is a leading provider of live, electronic field trips for students and has won numerous national awards. Electronic field trips bring the excitement of learning to remote places with the ability to converse with experts.

Monarchs in the Classroom   
http://www.monarchlab.umn.edu/default.aspx
Monarchs in the Classroom began in 1991 when Karen Oberhauser brought 10 monarch larvae into her daughter Amy’s kindergarten classroom. Since then, it has grown to include a wide variety of materials and professional development opportunities for teachers throughout the US. Two groups of behind-the-scenes people work together in a unique partnership to make this program successful: classroom teachers and scientists committed to sharing their expertise with the K-12 education community. All programs reflect this partnership, combining real science with techniques that work for teachers and students, and promoting classroom practices in which students learn science in ways that reflect the inquiry methods used by scientists to understand the natural world.

Project Learning Tree   
http://www.plt.org
Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation. PLT provides educators with comprehensive environmental education curriculum resources that can be integrated into lesson plans for all grades and subject areas. PLT teaches students “how to think, not what to think” about complex environmental issues, and helps students learn the skills they need to make sound choices about the environment. Developed in 1976, PLT has an international network of more than 500,000 trained educators using PLT materials that cover the total environment. The American Forest Foundation (AFF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) conservation and education organization that strives to create a future where North American forests are sustained by the public which understands and values the social, economic, and environmental benefits they provide to our communities, our nation, and our world.

As a lead partner, Project Learning Tree is making special GreenWorks! Butterfly Garden Grants available to teachers participating in MonarchLIVE!. GreenWorks! is the service-learning, community action program of PLT that partners PLT educators, students, and communities in environmental neighborhood improvement projects. GreenWorks! blends service activities with the academic curriculum and addresses real community needs as students learn through active engagement.  Its environmental action projects link classroom learning and the real world, and make a difference in how young people think, in their sense of responsibility toward their communities, and in their understanding of their relationship to the environment. Through the GreenWorks! Butterfly Garden Grants, teachers will be able to receive funding to complete projects that get ‘kids outside’ creating butterfly gardens and schoolyard habitats.

Partners in Resource Education
http://www.handsontheland.org
Partners in Resource Education is a collaboration of  Federal agencies, a non-profit foundation, schools, and other private sector partners to promote public lands as an outdoor classroom which comprise approximately one-third of the acreage of the U.S. and are rich in historical, archeological, and environmental learning opportunities. Through the Hands on the Land network of field classrooms, Federal agencies are providing a diverse array of hands-on learning opportunities for teachers and students. The web site allows teachers and students to share information and learn about their local ecosystems, creative teaching strategies, and much more.  Members include: National Environmental Education Foundation, Bureau of Land Management, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Resource Conservation Service, National Park Service, and Environmental Protection Agency. 

Other partners include: