NJ Monarch Waystation, Whitehouse Preparatory School, Releases Monarchs Raised from Eggs to Butterflies, and Students Learn about the Monarch Migration to Mexico
Whitehouse Prep Continues its Ongoing Effort to Provide Resources Necessary for Monarchs, in order to Help Preserve the Beautiful Butterfly, in a time when the Species is Facing Severe Decline
September 12, 2017- Each Fall, millions of beautiful monarch butterflies migrate from the United States to Mexico where they wait out the winter, and then return in the spring. Whitehouse Prep is a certified Monarch Waystation, providing essential resources to the species. The school’s Monarch program also involves raising butterflies and releasing them in the Fall. The school raised over 100 butterflies from eggs, and released them. The release of the monarch butterflies has come to be a favorite tradition over the last nine years, as part of the student’s study of animals and nature.
“This is such an important learning program that introduces our young students to the beauty in nature, protecting and conserving animals, and the life cycle of butterflies. Here at Whitehouse Prep the children are excited to become stewards of the environment and delight in taking on the role of helping the Monarch butterflies,” said Judith Serra, Head of School.
The annual migration of the Monarch butterfly through New Jersey is a phenomenon that holds environmental, educational, and economic value to the state, according to the
NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s “New Jersey Monarch butterfly Conservation Guide.” Yet, the Monarch butterfly is facing severe decline. According to Monarchwatch.com, milkweeds and nectar sources are declining which are necessary to the continuation of the species.
Through its on-site Waystation, Whitehouse Prep continues its ongoing effort to provide important resources for Monarchs, such as milkweeds and nectar sources. The Waystation is located in the school’s garden and is a place that butterflies can find food, water and lay their eggs. Whitehouse Prep has been a registered member of Monarch Watch’s Waystation Network since 2011. Whitehouse Prep’s Waystation is on the national map of Monarch Waystations.
In addition to the school’s Waystation, all Whitehouse Prep classroom teachers have been trained by the Monarch Teacher Network. The Monarch Teacher Network, formed in 2001, strives to educate children’s educators on the basics of monarch care and conservation so they can pass the knowledge onto their students. The teachers learned how to find eggs on milkweed, how to care for and feed caterpillars, and to how to feed and release butterflies.
The Monarch migration is truly one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, and Whitehouse Prep is proud to be committed to raising, conserving, protecting, and teaching about the beautiful Monarch butterfly species.