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Discover Monarch Butterflies

The story of the monarch butterfly is one of incredible transformation and epic travel. We are also part of this adventure, and each of us can play a key role in the survival of the monarch. Believe it or not, it can be as simple as planting a milkweed seed.

“We can each protect monarchs by helping to restore their habitat! Even a pot of native milkweed on your patio can make a difference.”

Indiana Dunes and Monarchs

Indiana Dunes Blog

Indiana Dunes National Park is 5th in the nation for biodiversity. That’s more than Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and the Everglades. Read more about monarchs and other diverse flora and fauna.

Plants and Wildlife

Monarchs in the Indiana Dunes

They are fragile, face many threats, and yet are so resilient. During their epic migration, monarchs fly further than any insect on earth.

Plants and Wildlife

Monarchs: Crossing Those Lines

This past September upwards of 2,000 monarchs congregated on the oak trees growing atop the dunes at the Bison Viewing Area of Kankakee Sands.

Plants and Wildlife

Is That a Viceroy or a Monarch?

A native plant expert explains the subtle differences between monarchs and viceroys that can help you identify one from the other in the field.   

“Watch our three-part video series to learn about the monarch’s unique lifecycle and its dangerous journey south.”

Inspired to Take Action?

Make a Butterfly Garden

Create a monarch habitat in your yard. Plant milkweed and native flowers for monarchs and other pollinators. Check out the sponsors on this page for local resources to get you started.

Contribute to Science

The eastern monarch butterfly population has declined over 80%. Data collected by community scientists, like yourself, helps Field Museum researchers understand how successful urban milkweed plants are at providing habitat for monarch caterpillars.

Protect the Forest in Mexico

Effective forest protection on the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve is more crucial than ever. Your donation to Butterflies and Their People can aid in this important work.

Register a Waystation

Get your own monarch waystation listed on a national directory with Your application fee helps support conservation efforts.

Adopt a Colony

Your donation supports a butterfly sanctuary and helps nearby communities. With your donation, once a month, JM’s Butterfly B&B in Mexico provides a condensed virtual butterfly tour to give you a sense of what it’s like to visit Cerro Pelón at different times of the season.

Become a Citizen Scientist

In order to conserve the monarch migration, scientists need a thorough understanding of all aspects of this phenomenal journey. You are invited to help us learn more about monarchs through participating in citizen science programs.

Forests for Monarchs

Forests for Monarchs has planted over 9 million trees through supporters like you. They plant two trees for every dollar donated. Please consider donating to help produce, distribute and plant native trees within the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.

Don't Use Harmful Chemicals

Don’t use toxic chemicals: Limit your use of pesticides and herbicides in your garden. This site provides tips for using pesticides safely.

Share Your Knowledge

Share what you know through educational programs, blogs, social media, and signage.


Walk for monarchs to raise money through Miles for Monarchs. We will attempt, as a community throughout the United States and Canada, to walk, run, hike, bike, and move at least 3,000 miles – the length of a single migration

Be an loso-tourist

Support Ecotourism by visiting butterfly sanctuaries that support the local economies in Mexico and provide jobs and an incentive to protect vulnerable monarch habitat.

Learn More

Different people help in different ways. Find out how you can get involved in monarch conservation, no matter who or where you are!

Support Jobs

Their mission is to preserve the butterfly sanctuary by creating jobs for local people in forest and monarch butterfly conservation.

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Plant Your Own Monarch Garden

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Applies to any 3 Butterfly-Loving, 1 Gallon Perennials (Regular price, in-stock perennials only. While Supplies last)

15% Off

Applies to native plants and monarch butterfly plants. Valid on regularly priced plants, shrubs, and trees only.

15% Off

Applies to native plants and monarch butterfly plants. Valid on regularly priced plants, shrubs, and trees only.


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