MANTIS
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CALLING ALL TEENS!
  • Do you enjoy interacting with kids and other teens?
  • Do you love nature?
  • Want to expand your knowledge about plants and insects?

Check out the Butterfly House’s MANTIS Program!

MANTIS (Making Advocates of Nature-Loving Teens In Service) is an interactive volunteer program created to encourage students to gain hands-on experience in nature conservation, while gaining plant and animal knowledge through environmental stewardship. If you’re looking to complete service hours and love nature, then this program is for you!

Who can join?
MANTIS is for teens ages 14–18 that love working with kids, learning about the environment and want to promote a better understanding of our natural world!

When can I volunteer?
MANTIS sessions:

Fall: September–December (apply by July 24)
Spring: February–April (apply by November 10)
Summer: May–August (apply by April 10)

Shifts are available Tuesday–Sunday (days, and evenings during special events)

What are the expectations?
The Butterfly House requires teen volunteers to commit to minimum of 30 hours per seasonal rotations. Teens must attend orientation and training sessions.

How do I apply?
Submit your application online:
MANTIS Application

Two teacher recommendation letters are required for each student.

Benefits

What are the benefits of MANTIS
  • Improve public speaking and leadership
  • Receive valuable training
  • Enhance college and job applications
  • Meet students from other schools
  • Learn about insects, plants and nature
  • Earn service hours

Questions?
Contact the MANTIS program coordinator at butterflyhouse@mobot.org.

Teen Programs

Teen Network
Choose from five service and field-based education programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Shaw Nature Reserve and the Butterfly House!
Learn more