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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 National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio, Texas, as well as two public NSTA web seminars.

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!

Participants can continue learning about monarchs by attending two optional, non-ticketed follow up sessions at the conference from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.


Friday, April 12, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


The symposium will begin at the Alamo IMAX Theater inside the Rivercenter Mall. Plan to meet outside the theater by 7:45 a.m. The film will begin promptly at 8 a.m. After the film, participants will make the short walk to the Marriott Rivercenter where the remaining part of the symposium will be held in conference room 17/18. The follow-up sessions will also be held in conference room 17/18 in the Marriott Rivercenter.


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



See the symposium Agenda

Web Seminars

After the face-to-face program, a follow-up web seminar will provide additional instructional strategies and resources for incorporating monarchs into the classroom. The web seminar will be offered on two dates: April 22 and April 29, both from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. eastern time. View more details and register.

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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