Partnering to conserve the monarch butterfly migration

Signs and Displays

Signs and Displays

Educational signage can improve natural habitats by interpreting its purpose and benefits to anyone that passes. Whether it's a habitat in your yard, a community garden, or a roadside or utility right-of-way, posting signs helps draw attention to the value of that habitat for monarchs and other pollinators, or any other suite of species that may use that habitat.

We’ve compiled some existing signs from MJV partners that might be useful for your site. You may download and print most of these for posting at your site, but only the signage in the Customizable Signs section may be edited. Signage in the Certified Habitat Programs are associated with a specific program, so enrolling your habitat in that program first may be required in order to purchase a sign. We recommend certifying your habitat in any of our partners' programs, which are described in more detail here.

General Monarch Signs

Nature’s Great Migratory Wonder

Nature’s Great Migratory Wonder

This sign by the Pollinator Partnership and Monarch Watch shows a monarch migration map, the monarch life cycle, and interesting educational information about monarchs. This sign may not be modified, but may be downloaded and printed for use.

Pollinators in Peril

Pollinators in Peril

This public domain sign, provided by the National Park Service, has an overview of what are pollinators, the challenges facing them. It has specific information to Zion National Park, but it may be downloaded by clicking this link and edited using Adobe Photoshop.

Pollinator Sanctuary

Pollinator Sanctuary

This public domain sign, provided by the National Park Service, is an overview of pollinators and native flowers, and what can be done to help pollinators. It has specific information to Zion National Park, but it may be downloaded by clicking the link and edited using Adobe Photoshop.

USFS Celebrating Wildflowers Interpretive Panels

The Forest Service Regions and their partners have developed numerous and varied interpretive signs and posters about native plants, plant communities, ethnobotany, pollinators including monarchs, and more. These images and interpretation help tell the USFS story, inform and to engage the public and are available to all who may find them useful. Visit the link to see and download the panels.

Gardens

Community Learning Garden

Community Learning Garden

This sign, by the Monarch Lab and Monarch Joint Venture, describes how a habitat garden can be a community learning space about butterflies, biodiversity and discovery. This sign may not be modified, but may be downloaded and printed for use. Contact mjv@umn.edu if interested in modifications.

USFS Celebrating Wildflowers Interpretive Panels

The Forest Service Regions and their partners have developed numerous and varied interpretive signs and posters about native plants, plant communities, ethnobotany, pollinators including monarchs, and more. These images and interpretation help tell the USFS story, inform and to engage the public and are available to all who may find them useful. Visit the link to see and download the panels.

Natural Area Habitats

Supporting Biodiversity: Wetland and Prairie Habitat

Supporting Biodiversity: Wetland and Prairie Habitat

This sign, by the Monarch Lab and the MJV, shares information about the important role prairie and wetland habitat play in biodiversity and water quality. This sign may not be modified, but may be downloaded and printed for use. Contact mjv@umn.edu if interested in modifications.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project: Unraveling Nature’s Mysteries

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project: Unraveling Nature’s Mysteries

This sign educates visitors about the milkweed community and is for sites that participate in the MLMP (www.mlmp.org). This sign may not be modified, but may be downloaded and printed for use.

USFS Celebrating Wildflowers Interpretive Panels

The Forest Service Regions and their partners have developed numerous and varied interpretive signs and posters about native plants, plant communities, ethnobotany, pollinators including monarchs, and more. These images and interpretation help tell the USFS story, inform and to engage the public and are available to all who may find them useful. Visit the link to see and download the panels.

Customizable Signage

MLMP Garden Sign Template

MLMP Garden Sign Template

This template provides an an example and frame for creating your own sign showing your participation in the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (www.mlmp.org). This sign may be modified.

Caterpillars

Caterpillars

This sign, by the Lodoun Wildlife Conservancy, shows the different stages (instars) of caterpillar development. This sign may be modified.

Chrysalis

Chrysalis

This sign, by the Lodoun Wildlife Conservancy, shows a monarch caterpillar metamorphosing into a pupa. This sign may be modified.

Eclosing

Eclosing

This sign, by the Lodoun Wildlife Conservancy, shows the process of a monarch emerging from its chrysalis (eclosing). This sign may be modified.

Male vs Female Monarchs

Male vs Female Monarchs

This sign, by the Lodoun Wildlife Conservancy, shows the difference between male and female monarchs. This sign may be modified.

Milkweed Seed Pods

Milkweed Seed Pods

This sign, by the Lodoun Wildlife Conservancy, describes common milkweed seed pods. This sign may be modified.

Milkweed

Milkweed

This sign, by the Lodoun Wildlife Conservancy, describes milkweed. This sign may be modified.

Milkweed Flowers

Milkweed Flowers

This sign, by the Lodoun Wildlife Conservancy, describes common milkweed flowers. This sign may be modified.

No Mowing

No Mowing

This simple sign, by the Lodoun Wildlife Conservancy, provides a template for creating your own No Mowing or Spraying sign at your habitat. This sign may be modified.

Tips for Creating DIY Outdoor Signs

Tips for Creating DIY Outdoor Signs

These tips for creating your own, DIY outdoor signage were contributed by Sarah Stedman from the Lodoun Wildlife Conservancy.

Certified Habitat Programs

MJV Success Story Certificate

MJV Success Story Certificate

Register with the MJV Map of Monarch Habitat Success Stories, and you will receive a certificate indicating your participation which may be printed and posted.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project: Unraveling Nature’s Mysteries

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project: Unraveling Nature’s Mysteries

This sign educates visitors about the milkweed community and is for sites that participate in the MLMP (www.mlmp.org). This sign may not be modified, but may be downloaded and printed for use.

Monarch Waystation Sign

Monarch Waystation Sign

To obtain this sign you must register with the Monarch Waystation program, pay any associated fees, and follow their guidelines. Follow the link to find out more, register and purchase a Monarch Waystation Sign.

Xerces Society Pollinator Habitat Sign

Xerces Society Pollinator Habitat Sign

To obtain this sign you must register with the program, pay any associated fees, and follow their guidelines. Produced by the Xerces Society, this durable 9″ x 12″ habitat sign is designed for outdoor use. You can hang it in your garden, on your farm, in a park, or anywhere you have habitat. The sign has two holes for hanging, but does not include a post or hardware.