Here for our online training? Please follow these steps:

1.) Fill out our pre-assessment quiz. This will help us understand your background with seed collection and allow us to see how effective our online training has been. This is not required, but we would appreciate it if you filled out both the pre-assessment and post-assessment forms during this training.

Pre-Assessment Quiz

2.) Watch our two training webinars (found below). These will provide you with background information about our project, give you an overview of our collection protocol, walk you through how to use our GIS app, and inform you about our 20 target species - how to identify the plants and collect seeds from them in the field.

Please note: This project requires the involvement of people at 3 different levels of responsibility: State Lead, Team Lead, and Volunteer Seed Collector. Each of these roles serves a different function and these training resources are targeted at both our team leads and our seed collection volunteers. Review the chart above to understand which parts of the training will be most relevant to you.

3.) Download and review the Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest Seed Collection Manual. This will give you details on the protocol and the documents needed to participate in this project as well as the contact information for your State Lead and other project partners.

Please note: The Webinar gives an overview of the protocol, but its main function is to introduce you to the 20 target species. It is important that anyone collecting seed for this project read and become familiar with the protocol and its appendices. One of the many strengths of this program is the consistent training across all states in order to meet our goal of completing successful and responsible seed collections. To achieve this goal it is crucial that each participant read the Seed Collection Manual.

4.) Fill out our post-assessment quiz. This will help us to understand how effective the training was. This is not required, but we would appreciate it if you filled out both the pre-assessment and post-assessment forms during this training.

Post-Assessment Quiz

5.) Please download the form below, complete it and email it to

Volunteer Form

6.) Become certified! Please fill out the following form so that we can send your personalized certificate of completion for the online training and pass your information on to your State Lead for assignment to a collection team. 

Training Webinars

If you are viewing this page in order to complete your online training and become a certified Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest seed collector, please watch the following two videos.

Please note: The shipping details have changed. Updated information can be found on pages 14-16 of the Seed Collection Manual. Don’t forget to read over the manual for more detailed collection information.

Download Center

Whether you have already attended our in-person training or are looking into our online training option, this is the place to download the resources you’ll need, to learn about collecting seed for monarchs.

Monarch Wings Across the Eastern Broadleaf Forest Seed Collection Manual
Plant Profiles for the 20 Target Species
Our In-Person Training Power Point Slides
20 Target Species with Bloom Chart

Don't Forget to Log those volunteer hours!

Thank you for volunteering with the MWAEBF project! After each volunteer activity in which you participate, please fill out our volunteer hour tracking form for your state. These activities include: seed collection events, in-person trainings, seed cleaning events, scouting potential collection sites, or any other MWAEBF volunteer activity.

Filling out our form helps us show how many volunteer hours have gone into this project and is an important metric when presenting the success of our project to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This information can also be useful in tracking your time and milage for a tax write-off so make sure to keep your copy of the responses for your records! Your copy will be emailed to you after the fill out the online form.