PS 84 has been declared a certified Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch. Monarch Watch is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration.
Monarch waystations provide milkweeds, nectar plants and shelter for monarchs throughout their annual cycle of reproduction and migration. By creating and maintaining our Monarch Waystation, PS 84 is contributing to monarch conservation and helping to support the continuation of monarch migration in North America.
Our waystation designation was the culmination of our PS 84 Monarch Garden program, which was funded by a grant from the Wild Ones Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education program. Through the program, last spring our kindergarten classes learned all about monarchs and got to watch their very own classroom monarch larva transform from caterpillar to chrysalis and butterfly.
The monarch learning experience included a variety of activities ranging from daily journaling and art projects to reading about monarchs and choreographing a dance about the life cycle of monarchs as part of New York City Center Encores dance program.
The highlight of the program was seeing the monarchs emerge from their chrysalis. One student exclaimed it was a “miracle” they would remember forever. We are looking forward to bringing this “miracle” to more students this June. Our kindergarten classes will once again raise classroom caterpillars and our older students will also have the chance to observe the monarchs in our science lab.