Milkweed In The Classroom

Get your students involved today!

One of the components of our Milkweed Project is educational outreach. The staff of the Nature Center collaborates with local elementary schools to educate them about the declining monarch butterfly population and the importance of the native milkweed plant. The Milkweed in the Classroom program includes outreach lessons, an opportunity to grow milkweed plants from seeds, and installing a monarch and milkweed specific pollinator garden at the school.

We offer the following outreach lessons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. We can adapt these lessons to other grades as well.

To get involved, please call the program office at 770-394-3322, or email 

Call 770-394-3322

First Grade

Milkweed to Monarchs (60 min)

Do you know what Milkweed plants need to survive?  Students will discover through a game what Milkweed plants and other pollinator plants need to survive.  The Milkweed plant is a very important plant for the Monarch butterfly.  Students will tour our Butterfly Garden understanding the needs of both the Milkweed plant and Monarch butterfly.

Meets GSE S1L1.

Second Grade

Metamorphosis Magic (60 min)

Did you know that butterflies and frogs begin their lives as eggs?  Learning the stages of butterfly and frog metamorphosis is a perfect introduction to learning about life cycles.  Students will enjoy a discovery based nature hike as they visit a pollinator garden and a tadpole pond.  Most importantly the students will learn how these little creatures survive in Georgia.

Meets GSE S2L1

Third Grade

Monarch Migration (60 min)

Every year 100 million monarch butterflies make an extraordinary journey, some of them traveling all the way from Canada to Mexico, where they will spend the winter. Students undergo metamorphosis, turning into butterflies as they migrate to their overwintering habitat in Mexico.  They experience firsthand the challenges that Monarch butterflies face journeying south.

Meets GSE S3L1, S3L2

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