Monarch butterfly populations have declined by close to 90% in the last few decades. These beautiful insects migrate through Kansas during the last two weeks of September and we are waiting for them! Join to Topeka Zoo as we offer in-person education and tagging classes!

How does it work?  These classes are held at the Kansas Museum of History and are broken up into two parts. The first portion is an indoor, interactive education program where students learn about monarch butterflies, their importance, and how to catch them. The second part is outdoors in the museum’s prairie, where kids will get nets to catch, tag, and release butterflies!

The zoo will provide all supplies for these classes. It is recommended that participants come wearing long pants and closed-toed shoes, as well as have bug spray on.

We offer two types of programs for these, all of which are held at the Kansas Museum of History: 

  • Private, paid classes for school or other groups during the day
  • Public, free classes that are open to anyone during the evening

Private Classes for Groups

Age: This class can be modified for K-12 classrooms.

When: Any Monday-Friday from September 18th-29th, 2023

Time: This class is two hours long. You can choose between these times: 9:00-11:00; 9:30-11:30; 12:30-2:30

Cost: $6/person (including parents; excluding teaching staff); $175 minimum for a program (can do groups of 29 people or less, they just have to pay flat rate of $175)

Contact: To set up a class or ask questions, contact 785-368-9137 or!

Group size: Each class is limited to one grade level per school.


Public Classes for Anyone

Age: These classes will be modified for the general public; however, individuals age 6 and older will benefit from the information the most.

When: September 18th, 20th, 24th, 26th, or 28th; registration is on a daily basis.

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Cost: Free

Group Size: Each class date has a maximum capacity of 75 participants.

Pre-registration Required:

Contact: 785-368-9137 or!