This resource was a collaborative effort on behalf of the Duke Farms Education team.
At Duke Farms, August marks Monarch and Meadow Month as we focus on the multitude of magnificent stories of the interactions between and among this biodiverse ecosystem. The monarch butterfly is certainly one of the featured creatures, but as the month unfolds, you will soon discover through activities, lesson plans, videos, book links, and creative resources, much more about why our meadows need to be maintained and preserved.
Monarch butterflies are more than just beautiful creatures to enjoy in nature - they hold significant cultural symbolism too. In this lesson, learn the ways that monarch butterflies are cherished and represented in Mexican traditions, specifically, during the end of the rainy season when corn is harvested, and during Dia de los Muertos.