Sand County Foundation is working to connect high school educators and students with hands-on pollinator and monarch habitat projects on commercial farms and rural electric facilities. While they have identified several high school agricultural educators who are motivated to involve their students in restoration efforts, they have learned that funding is not necessarily the most immediate barrier for educators to integrate restoration into their work. Educators also need instructional resources that align with current teaching standards. As one educator stated, “an idea is worth a thousand dollars”. To this end, the MJV is supporting Sand County Foundation to develop much needed curricula and trainings for teachers to create effective habitat for monarchs with their students.
The Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States.