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Flight of the Monarch Butterflies

NSTA is partnering with the Maryland Science Center, University of Minnesota, and the National Science Foundation to present an exciting Symposium for educators, grades K-12, on the topic of monarch butterfly migration. This blended professional development opportunity includes a face-to-face symposium at the NSTA Regional Conference on Science Education in Phoenix, AZ, as well as two public NSTA Web Seminars. Attendance requires conference registration.

Stipend Opportunity ($75)

The presenting groups are pleased to offset the registration costs for participants, making this symposium free for registered educators. Participants will be reimbursed $75 after successful completion of the symposium.

Program Overview

During this half-day symposium, participants will see the latest IMAX film Flight of the Butterflies and take part in classroom activities focused on the monarchs’ amazing migration across North America, as well as their habitats and life cycle. Attendees will hear from monarch experts about how teachers and students can become involved in citizen science projects to help the monarchs. Educational materials will be provided for classroom use. A drawing for door prizes will take place at the end of the program. Breakfast will be served!


Friday, December 7, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time


The Symposium will take place at the Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ. Participants should report directly to the science center and meet the presenters in the lobby.


$47 — advanced registration
$54 — onsite
Travel, meals, lodging, general conference registration (required), and graduate credit fees (where applicable) are the responsibility of participants.


Read about the scientists and educational specialists who will be presenting at the MSC/UMML/NSF/NSTA Symposium: Flight of the Monarch Butterflies.

  • Jim O'Leary


The agenda will be posted here in the future.

Web Seminars

After the face-to-face program, two Web Seminars will take place in December and January. The web seminars will begin at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Check back here for actual dates.

Web seminars are free, interactive live sessions providing online professional development. The 90-minute sessions feature presenters related to the NSTA Symposia. Participants do not have to attend the symposium in order to log on to the web seminars.

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