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A bright green moth with two long "tails" at the bottom of its wings is held by two pairs of hands, one larger set and a smaller set, as though an adult and child are looking at the moth together.
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Resources for educators and parents who want to inspire the next generation to care for invertebrates.

"A picture of a blue butterfly with different invertebrates."

X Kids - Join the Adventure!

This exciting new activity book to help children discover the wondrous world of invertebrates. Follow Blue the butterfly, complete fun activities, submit a survey, and get a badge!

X Kids was designed for children in grades 4- 5 and can be done individually, in a classroom, or in a group. The activity book is available in English and Spanish and does not require any materials beyond what can be found at home. 

Click here for more information and to download the booklet.


Check out the Xerces Classroom for Youth Series on our YouTube Channel!


Scouting Exercises

These worksheets are exploratory exercises that can be tailored to any age:


Monarch Curriculum

This monarch toolkit has everything you need to educate youth on these beloved North American butterflies.



Check out these cool masks! We recommend using the butterfly masks as a follow-up activity after watching Beautiful Butterflies.


Additional Resources for Educators

Check out BEETLES, a collection of passionate science and environmental educators devoted to improving the quality of outdoor science education. These resources provide guidance for educators to connect kids to nature:

Cultivating Curiosity: This field journal can be used as a tool for kids and adults of any age as a guide to exploring the natural world and connecting with and observing the invertebrates around you. The journal was created by Leslie Campbell.  (Please note that PDF file downloads from a web page outside of the Xerces website.)

We also encourage you to check out our upcoming webinars and review the content in our Publications Library, which has a wide assortment of fact sheets, guidelines, and other information related to invertebrate conservation. Some of the information we provide is highly technical, but some of our resources are suited for broader audiences.