Building Natural Bridges not Walls: Students Collaborating Across Borders to Save the Monarch Butterflies and Mother Earth [5.19.19]

Guest: William (Bill) H. Dent, Executive Director, Natural Partners and Co-Chair, ‘Trees for the Capital’, Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.

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Program Summary:

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Our featured guest is:

  • Segment ‘1’: William (Bill) H. Dent, Executive Director, Natural Partners and Co-Chair, ‘Trees for the Capital’, Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., (In-Studio); Theme: “Saving Our Pollinators…Students Planting Pollinator Gardens and Connecting with Nature”,
    6:30 – 6:43 P.M. U.S. ET
  • Segment ‘2’: William (Bill) H. Dent, Executive Director, Natural Partners and Co-Chair, ‘Trees for the Capital’, Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., (In-Studio); Theme: “Pollinator Poster Child: The Monarch Butterfly Wings its Way into STEM and STEAM Curricula Lesson Plans”,o 6:45 – 6:58 P.M. U.S. ET
  • Segment ‘3’:  William (Bill) H. Dent, Executive Director, Natural Partners and Co-Chair, ‘Trees for the Capital’, Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., (In-Studio), Theme: “Building Bridges not Walls: Students Collaborating Across Borders”,o 7:00 – 7:13 P.M. U.S. ET
  • Segment ‘4’: William (Bill) H. Dent, Executive Director, Natural Partners and Co-Chair, ‘Trees for the Capital’, Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., (In-Studio), Theme: “Mexican Student Reforestation Projects Redoubling Efforts Addressing Recent Forest Fires, Replanting Native Species, While Saving the Monarch Butterflies”,o 7:15 – 7:28 P.M. U.S. ET

Program Overview:

Natural Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, with the mission since 2003 to work with grassroots environmental groups in Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and the United States to mobilize the financial and human resources needed (i) to create awareness of and protect strategic areas of the world’s most threatened ecosystems and wildlife species, to ensure the preservation for generations to come and (ii) to promote sustainable uses of local natural resources, especially ones which generate incremental income for local people and motivate conservation.

In Brazil, Natural Partners has partnered with numerous local groups, including SPVS and the Golden Lion Tamarin Association to conserve key areas of the mere seven percent [7%] that remains of the original area of the Atlantic Rainforest. This expansive Rainforest stretched from the northeastern corner of Brazil south almost to Uruguay. In Mexico and the United States, Natural Partners operates the Monarch Sister Schools Program (MSSP) described below.

The Monarch Sister Schools Program (MSSP) (www.monarchsisterschools.org) was created by the educational nonprofit Natural Partners to involve students in a real environmental problem: namely, the ongoing destruction of Monarch butterflies’ habitat in the United States and Canada (driven by herbicide use on farms and destruction of the Monarchs natural habitats) and of its over-wintering habitat in Mexico (due to illegal logging), resulting in a precipitous decline of the Monarchs population of nearly ninety percent [90%] drop in the number of Monarch butterflies. Through hands-on projects, students learn about the habitat, life cycle, and amazing migration of the Monarchs, while collaborating across borders on projects to restore habitat for future Monarch generations.

The Monarch Sister Schools Program (MSSP) support activities at schools in three “student action areas”:

1) Habitat Restoration. The Program empowers young people to make a difference through hands-on projects at schools to help restore habitat areas of the Monarch butterfly. In the U.S., students plant pollinator gardens with milkweed, the Monarch’s host plant, critical to its life cycle. In Mexico, students raise ‘baby trees’ then plant these as part of a major reforestation effort in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2) Hands-on Learning. The Pollinator Habitat Gardens at U.S. schools and Tree Nurseries at Mexican schools serve as outdoor classrooms where students can literally be in touch with nature and learn in a participatory way about the natural world and, specifically, the Monarch’s habitat, life cycle, and migration using high-quality lesson plans.

3) Cultural Exchange. U.S. schools partner with a ‘sister school’ located inside Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve and, in the process, engage in a vibrant cultural exchange, enhanced by class-to-class Skype sessions in which students learn presentations skills as they exchange information with peers about their Monarch habitat restoration projects.



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