COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update: Monarch Research facilities temporarily closed to visitors


Our Mission

The mission of the Monarch Research Project (MRP) is to restore pollinator habitat while re‑establishing the monarch population.

Restore Native Habitat

Partnering with ISU researchers, MRP’s Pollinator Zones™ are committed to expand native habitat for pollinators on public and private lands in Linn County, Iowa. Learn more.

Save the Monarchs

Our objective is to develop Monarch Zones® (MZ)—homes, cities, and counties that are committed to our goal of repopulating the butterfly population. We have established close to 200 Monarch Zones in and around Linn County, Iowa. Learn more.

Starting Locally, then Expanding

The MRP is working with the eastern Iowa governments and citizens to establish monarch and habitat models that can be replicated in other communities. Learn more.

Recent Blog Posts

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Monarchs in the Making
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Cam, Mike, Kallie, our intern Jabe, and lots of volunteers have been…

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Parks for Pollinators: Linn County BuzzBlitz – Saturday, June 8
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If you’re looking for a fun way to help out the pollinators…

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Cedar Rapids Gazette: Monarch Moonshot: Officials hope to make Linn County center of butterfly production and habitat
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MARION — The launchpad is prepared for a pair of projects aimed…

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Cedar Rapids Gazette: Project: More monarch habitat on the way to Cedar Rapids
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Project headed by Cedar Rapids residents secures 20,000 milkweed plugs September 4,…

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