Congratulations to Mireille Hess and Trevor Hance, the two teachers who have been awarded Natural Habitat Adventures’ 2019 Monarch Butterfly Scholarship Grant! Nat Hab is honored to host these inspiring environmental educators on a January 2019 Kingdom of the Monarchs adventure to Mexico in January to experience the butterfly migration.

Mireille and Trevor will witness this astounding natural phenomenon firsthand as monarch butterflies congregate by the millions at winter roosting sites in Central Mexico’s forested highlands. On three different excursions to the country’s famed monarch sanctuaries, they’ll learn all about the monarchs’ fascinating biology and behaviors.

This is sure to be a transformative experience—both in creating lasting memories for the teachers personally, and since they’ll return with a slew of new educational tools and elevated conservation awareness to bring home to their classrooms.

Please join Nat Hab and World Wildlife Fund’s Wild Classroom in celebrating these teachers for their well-deserved awards, and for their roles in promoting a rewarding future for the monarchs!

Trevor Hance

Trevor Hance, winner of the 2019 Monarch Butterfly Scholarship Grant

Trevor is Coordinator for Enrichment and the Environment at Laurel Mountain Elementary in Austin, Texas. From backcountry weeks with his daughters to developing inclusive outdoor spaces for people on the autism spectrum and teaching environmental law, Trevor is dedicated to exploring curiosity and building a better tomorrow. He believes we are collectively stronger when everyone participates, and when we are all connected to the natural world. Cultivating these foundations creates a lasting legacy, creating support for successful stewardship and sustainability.

Mireille Hess

Mireille Hess, winner of the 2019 Monarch Butterfly Scholarship Grant

Mireille Hess is a 2010 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in early childhood education. She currently teaches third grade at Edgewood Elementary in Greenfield, Wisconsin. Mireille is a member of the Monarch Teachers Network and Friends of the Monarch Trail, a collaborative effort to preserve and restore an essential butterfly migration stopping point in this urban setting. Throughout the year Mireille teaches many lessons about the monarch butterfly in her classroom and community. She is excited to add stories, pictures and lessons to her presentations after the trip.

Monarch Butterfly Scholarship Grant

Monarch Education Resources

Check out WWF’s Wild Classroom for a Monarch Toolkit designed to help educators and parents inspire the next generation to create a future where both people and nature thrive, with comprehensive resources to help students explore and understand the wild world around them.

Want to go on your own monarch butterfly adventure in Mexico? Call 800-543-8917 to learn more!