Christchurch School Visits

The Butterfly Musketeers first started going around schools in November 2016.

I didn’t realise until now what a fantastic job I’ve got. I never knew how much I’d love going into classrooms talking about the wonderful Monarch Butterflies, raise awareness and educate the children to care for them so that they’re still around for generations to come.

Seeing these children completely captivated and wanting to know all about the caterpillars and Monarchs is amazing. I’ve spoken to a range of ages from 3 right up to 9 years old. It amazes me how many of these children have already experienced swan plants in their own home when asked who has had caterpillars before.


The excitement is everywhere on their faces and they want to tell me all about what happens to the caterpillars, chrysalis and eventually the Monarch butterfly. I love the way children tell me all about the migration of the Monarch butterfly from USA to Mexico each year, the children are already clued up about this amazing journey. It makes me so happy!

I teach the children fun basic facts and how to care for the caterpillars. The four stages of the Monarch butterfly life cycle. How to handle them and look after your plants. Plus what not to do and handy tips and ideas to raise caterpillars in a safe and healthy environment.

Children get to ask me loads of questions, and tell me about their experiences with Monarchs in their own homes. My favourite so far is when a little boy came up to me and said: “do you know if you feed caterpillars pumpkin, their poo goes orange?!” This made me smile as I know it’s correct!! He had just started school and must have remembered this from last year.

My interactive talks last between 45 and 60 mins, depending on the age of the children. Theres heaps of opportunity for teachers and children to ask questions and for me to give advice and plan butterfly gardens.  Plus take heaps of photos of the children dressed up as monarch butterflies for their learning stories.

What’s included in my school visits

  • Swan plants with caterpillars – courtesy  of Mitre 10 Mega Canterbury
  • Packet of Swan Plant seeds & Thrive plant food, courtesy of Yates Seeds
  • Monarch Colouring in sheets
  • Life Cycle board of the Monarch Butterfly
  • Examples of artwork that can be made in the classroom
  • Posters and Activities for the children
  • Packs of Butterfly Musketeers stickers for the children
  • Monarch dress up wings and masks to wear
  • Worksheets
  • ME 🙂 Maria Romero

I’d love to come and talk at your school, pre-school or playcentre. Book me now for Dec 2017 or February & March 2018 talks or contact me to find out availability!
Call: 0276 452 361


“Your presentation was very child centred. Your language and resources were child and user friendly and having real props was another bonus for the tamariki.

It was great how you thought on your feet and changed what you were doing to meet the needs and level of the group. We would certainly recommend you to any Early childhood environment.”  Raelene Forde Head Teacher @ Mairehau Kids First


What a great talk Maria gave this morning to a group of kindergarten children. Very interactive and spoke at an age appropriate level which had all the children engaged. Highly recommended, will definitely have you back again, Thank you.  Isla Connolly, Teacher @ Ilam Kids First


The children really enjoyed your visit and we have followed up with further learning; writing information reports, reading poems about butterflies and caterpillars,  painting and drawing symmetrical butterflies. Your visit was really well organised and the children loved all the monarch wings, masks & pictures that you brought, along with all the information you shared.  Thanks again for a very worthwhile and inspiring visit.
S Caughey Ohoka Primary School

“Maria has been an inspiration to us at or school, Papanui Primary. She came to visit us last year and brought everything we needed from the seeds to soil and pots to get our butterfly garden underway. We grew the seeds that she donated to us into larger plants in the classroom which saved us a lot of money. The children all took care of them and thoroughly enjoyed growing our own swan plants.

Her school visit was fabulous and had all the children engaged and interested in learning about Monarchs. She brought amazing resources and is so passionate about Monarchs.

It has been a wonderful process to go through and we will definitely do the same this year to boost the monarch population in Christchurch. It has been great to share this amazing experience with the children who have learnt so much about first growing the plants, planting our garden and about the Monarch life cycle. I encourage other schools to get involved in” #projectswanplant   Jo Harris Teacher Papanui Primary School


We are so lucky to have Maria in our community. We have gained so much benefit from her swan plant seedling initiative, saving us lots of money! She has also been in to talk to us about butterflies and the session she took was so professional, with loads of props, engaging and interactive!! For Early Learning Centers and Schools Maria provides a fantastic learning opportunity as well as the base to start your own butterfly learning experience.  Jane Nuttridge Kids First Papanui


Once again we were super lucky to have Maria the fabulous Butterfly lady come to kindergarten to visit us, she is a kahuka expert. She has such an amazing energy that she shares passionately with the tamariki, keeping them engaged with her fabulous resources and knowledge.  Thank you so much for sharing your time, expertise and swan plants with us once again. We look forward to sharing more Beautiful Butterfly stories with you….so magical.   Penny – Kids First Mairehau




2 Comments on “Christchurch School Visits

  1. This is fantastic. A full on experience for the kids and they can tell their parents all about it. making big difference in attitude’s towards nature and the environment

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