Monarch Butterfly Urban Sanctuary

  • Location
    Pacific Palisades, California
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age
    8 to 10 Years
  • Group Type
    School-Based Program

The Problem

The monarch butterfly is a unique species that captivates the imagination of so many people across cultures. They embark on a long journey every year, where they cross international borders and inspire cultural myths while doing so. Seven Arrows Elementary has long celebrated the Day of the Dead / ‘El Día de los Muertos’ as a strong cultural expression of Mexico and Guatemala. Monarch butterflies are an endangered species as they face many challenges in their lives, including in their migration across Mexico, the United States and Canada. They symbolize the unity that the whole world must demonstrate in order to solve a lot of the problems that we face today in the environment. In order to save the Monarch butterflies, it is not enough for one community in one country to do something about it. We must all take responsibility for their wellbeing. Seven Arrows students wish to set an example by doing what is in their capacity to make the migration of the monarch butterflies feasible through Pacific Palisades. They want to see the species thrive, and they want to make sure that the traditions that surround the story of the monarch butterflies to continue for generations to come.

Our Plan

Utilizing the urban garden that has been in place at Seven Arrows Elementary, the students will plant special plants in strategic locations of the campus. These plants will provide food and shelter for monarch butterflies. The students will also create videos and other media documents to inspire others around the world to do the same, and to raise awareness that we all must do our part to save these wonderful insects that represent so much of our cultural heritage. This project is integrated with Seven Arrows Elementary\'s STEAM curriculum.

Themes Addressed

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    Climate Change
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    Dr. Jane Goodall
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    Migratory species

The Benefit

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