Sponsors and Partners
Monarch Teacher Network of Canada workshops are generously supported by multiple organizations and foundations. Through this support, MTN of C has been able to expand the program to include habitat workshops and projects in 2013.
In 2012, we were also incredibly proud to pilot the first French workshop for MTN, in Ottawa, Ontario, as well as offer all workshop participants the option of workshop resources in either French or English!
To know MTN of C is to know its supporters!
Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) is one of Canada's largest providers of outdoor and experiential education. We have a rich, 50-year history in education that reaches learners of all ages, engaging more than 180,000 students of all ages every year. Our commitment to providing life-long learning programs which develop creative problem-solving skills, build environmental literacy, and foster a commitment to action, is just one of the ways TRCA contributes to cultivating sustainable communities, and an informed, involved citizenry.
The Educational Information and Resource Centre, a New Jersey Public Agency, is the owner and creator of the Monarch Teacher Network, and its signature workshop, Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies. In August 2001, eighteen New Jersey teachers were the first to participate in this unique workshop/course, sponsored by EIRC, with funding support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. As the number of workshops grew in following summers, Monarch Teacher Network (MTN) emerged. In August 2003, MTN held its first Canadian workshop, in Kingston, Ontario. In the summer of 2010, a total of 570 teachers were trained at workshops in 14 states and provinces.
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has generously supported MTN workshops in Canada since 2005. Their vision for creating a truly national network inspired the first Canadian workshop outside of Ontario, held in Winnipeg, Manitoba in July of 2006. They encouraged further partnership building, bringing Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) and Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) to the conversation, fostering MTN's continued growth in Canada. Their generosity has also ensured that countless workshop graduates have had the opportunity to travel to Monarch overwintering grounds, deepening their passion, commitment, and desire to educate others about the Monarch's story.
The Living City Foundation is a registered charity that supports the work of Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). Working to build The Living City in partnership with Toronto and Region Conservation
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation have been sponsoring environmental initiatives since 1990. We are very pleased to have TD FEF support educator participation at five workshops during the summer of 2012, as well as support Monarch habitat creation and/or enhancement in these locations. Our thanks for sponsorship in the Ontario cities of Ottawa, Oshawa, and Cambridge, and in the Manitoba city, Winnipeg.
Offering thrilling, timely and interactive experiences 364 days of the year, the Ontario Science Centre has something to amaze visitors of every age and pique anyone's curiosity. Younger visitors learn through play in KidSpark, a space specially designed for children eight and under to enjoy and explore. The CA Technologies Planetarium, Toronto's only public planetarium, uses state-of-the-art technology to take participants on a trip to the outer reaches of the universe. In addition to its many permanent exhibition halls, the Science Centre also provides fresh experiences through special temporary exhibitions. The Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre features a screen that extends beyond your peripheral vision. The newest film on offer is Flight of the Butterflies. This breathtaking and internationally acclaimed documentary traces the astounding migratory journey of the monarch butterfly, from Canada to a Mexican winter haven, then back again.
MonarchHealth is a project in which volunteers sample wild monarch butterflies to help track the spread of a protozoan parasite across North America.
Our mission is to achieve a broader understanding of host-parasite interactions in monarch butterflies and to enhance awareness of monarch biology and conservation through the coupling of citizens and scientists.
See the workshop descriptions for information about regional sponsors in your area.