Monarch Research is working with area organizations and landowners to help restore native Iowa trees lost during the derecho of 2020. Join us – we have a lot of work to do!

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Note: Tree species selection options have been revised. Please review the ‘Fall 2022 Tree Species Selection’ document located on the Habitat and Trees/Planting Forward web page.
COVID-19 Update – The Monarch Research Station is open; however, due to the COVID-19 virus, visits to the facility must be planned in advance.   To make an appointment, please contact us via email at  For other questions/inquiries, please send us a note and one of the members of our team will respond promptly:  Click Here to Contact Us

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Our Vision

The Vision of Monarch Research is a vibrant, thriving pollinator habitat throughout Linn County with a sustainable growing monarch population.

Our Mission

Monarch Research is a catalyst for action among public private partnerships and local landowners focusing efforts on a controlled community of interest (Linn County). The “lessons learned” create a playbook on how communities across America can create living landscapes sufficient enough to flatten the steep downward trend in the insect population (bees, butterflies, Pollinators) and associated species.

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.

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