Friday, July 13, 2018

Registration check-in opens at 9:30 AM and the program begins at 10:00 AM. The summit concludes at 3:00 PM.

$25 early registration
$35 late registration (after midnight, June 29, 2018)
Registration includes lunch and refreshments.

Field Extension Education Laboratory
1928 240th Street, Boone, Iowa | map link

Join us at the 2018 Iowa Monarch Conservation Summit and Field Day!

In 2015, the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium was launched under the leadership of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Later that year, Iowa State University received a national USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant entitled, “Enhancing monarch butterfly conservation in Iowa,” and the ISU monarch team took flight. Additional support from state organizations such as the Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Pork Producers Association and USDA-NRCS-Iowa led to the implementation of more than 50 field demonstration projects across the state.

What is Iowa’s role?

At this event, you will learn about the ongoing ISU field demonstration and research projects statewide. The population of monarchs in the eastern U.S. has declined 80% during the past 20 years and Iowa is in the heart of the Midwestern summer breeding range. The monarch is not currently listed as threated or endangered. However, an all-hands-on-deck approach is needed to deploy conservation practices and to establish habitat with milkweed and nectar plants to support the recovery of the monarch population.

Please register today to help us plan for your visit! Learn more at and follow @IowaMonarchs on Twitter and Facebook! #MonarchSummit18

Learning objectives

  • Increase awareness of monarch conservation efforts statewide
  • Gain knowledge of techniques for monarch habitat establishment
  • Increase knowledge of monarch butterfly movement in the ag landscape

Topics covered

  • life stages of the monarch butterfly
  • monarch movement using radio telemetry
  • modeling monarch habitat in the ag landscape
  • habitat establishment in grass-dominated sites
  • seed mix design and species selection
  • weed management in conservation plantings

Who should attend

  • Program coordinators (SWCD, NRCS, DNR, CDI, etc.)
  • Field technicians and field specialists (state/county)
  • Farmers, farm managers and landowners
  • Members/partners of the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium
  • Anyone with an interest in monarch conservation efforts!


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Special thanks to USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant program, the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for their support of this program.



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$25 - early registration
$35 - late registration (after midnight, June 29, 2018)
Registration includes workshop materials, box lunch, on-site parking

Date: July 13, 2018

Time: check-in begin at 9:30 am. The program starts at 10:00 am and concludes at 3:00 pm.

Location: FEEL, 1928 240th St, Boone, IA.
Printable directions and map.

Cancellation: To cancel your registration please call (515) 294-6429 or email Cancellations requesting a refund must be received prior to midnight, July 6, 2018.

Confirmation: registration receipts are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or

Program contact

Dana Schweitzer
program coordinator
ISU Monarch Research Team
(515) 294-9227