Susie Vanderlip

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3024 E. Chapman Ave #112 Orange, California 92869

ZOOM SPEAKER! Passion infuses Susie's engaging live-stream programs. From "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Monarch Butterflies" to "Mobility/Yoga for the Gardener," people are entertained AND educated. Her videos, photos & PPT exceptional!

w: Monarch Butterfly Speaker and Citizen Scientist - Susie

w: Monarch Butterfly children's book and movie! The Story of
Chester, the Monarch Caterpillar/Larva

w: Mobility/Yoga for the Gardener

e: view email susie@storyofchester.com

Additional Information

Lovely Monarch Butterfly on milkweed in my garden


  Orange County Monarch Butterfly 
Expert, Author and Professional Speaker
Susie Vanderlip, CSP, CPAE

Susie Vanderlip is a Monarch Conservation Specialist for Monarch Watch, a "Champion" for Western Monarch Advocates, and 
a Monarch Butterfly Citizen Scientist, assisting in Monarch Health Initiative research.

She raises Monarch butterflies in Orange, California, studying, photographing, videotaping, tagging, speaking and writing
about Monarch life cycle, from egg to caterpillars, pupae and butterflies. In return, Monarch Butterflies have revealed 
many of their fascinating life secrets to Susie. She shares delightful and fascinating anecdotes and life cycle science
in live presentations and live streaming (Zoom, Facebook LIVE and other platforms). 

Susie has used her photography and video to create movies and books for children to learn about these invaluable pollinators
and to fall in love with Nature. She has created and sells her line of photo greeting cards through which she shares
colorful and captivating garden and Monarch butterfly visions. Her book and cards are in boutiques, florists, specialty stores,
botanic garden gift shops and libraries. 

She is nationally known for her storybook, movie/DVD, and eBook:  The Story of Chester, the Monarch Caterpillar/Larva (www.storyofchester.com) The book is in paperback and an eBook on Kindle/Amazon at
an incredibly low $2.99 and a multi-media iBook. A delightful book to share with children and grandchildren
ages 4 through 9 as a hardcopy book and on your Kindle reader!

Susie loves to speak about Monarch Butterfly life to both youth and adults, sharing amusing anecdotes and fascinating facts
she has learned from raising hundreds of Monarch caterpillars into butterflies. Using gorgeous photos and engaging videos,
Susie enthuses adults and children alike to help save and expand the Monarch butterfly population by growing milkweed in
their gardens at home, school and throughout their community. She also shares how to attract Monarch butterflies
to your garden and tips on raising your own crop of caterpillars into butterflies, and vital information more about the plight
of Monarch butterflies as critical pollinators in the world today.

Susie has spoken for:
  * Laguna Beach Garden Club
  * Aquarium of the Pacific
  * Discovery Cube (Children's Science Center)
  * Numerous nurseries including Armstrong Garden Centers, Blue Hills, Green Thumb, and more
  * Elementary schools and libraries in Orange County, CA
  * Assisted living facilities - Heritage Point, Kirkwood Assisted Living
             and more

Susie is an avid nature photographer, videographer, author and speaker who loves and cherishes Nature. She has a full
line of photo greeting cards she sells at boutiques and markets in OrangeCounty(www.legacyofhope.com/butterflies.htm)
and Photographs at http://www.shutterfly.com/pro/SusieVanderlip/HowISeeIt

Her book and 10 minute movie, The Story of Chester, are currently in classrooms in the Tustin Unified, Irvine Unified, Fullerton
and Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School Districts for Kindergarden thru 2nd grade as they study the Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle.
They are sold in gift shops at Pacific Ranch Market, Discovery Science Center, Bowers Museum, Tucson Botanical Gardens,
Frederik Meijers Gardens/Grand Rapids-MI, and Pismo State Beach Monarch Grove. The Story of Chester an award-winning
multi-media eBook on iBookstore with narration and embedded video.

Professionally, Susie has been a professional speaker and author for the last 24 years, earning the Certified Speaking
Professional designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA) and induction into the NSA “Speakers Hall of Fame.”
She has spoken to over million youth and adults across the USand around the world sharing her one-woman theatrical
LEGACY OF HOPE® program (www.legacyofhope.com) to address youth and family issues. She has been a featured guest
on FOX News Live. She is author of several books for youth and families including 52 Ways to Protect Your Teen and
co-author with husband and clinical psychologist Ken Vanderlip, Ph.D. of De-Stress for Success Workbook with
multi-media and eBook (www.de-stressforsuccess.com).

Susie is a graduate of UCLA in math/computer science with minor studies in Dance. She is a native Californian, born and raised inLakewood,CA. She is an Associate Professor in Dance for Coastline Community College District. Her passions include gardening
and teaching Zumba Gold to active older adults and yoga at gyms around OC. She lives with husband Dr. Ken Vanderlip and
a multitude of Monarchs in the Orange Hills area.

Learn more about Susie's Story from a recent Los Angeles Times article   
published on May 10, 2015 - Weekend Home and Garden Section and the Daily Pilot:



Susie's two signature programs have entertained audiences live and now live streaming on Zoom and other platforms: 
    Blending Science, Art and Spirit
  • HOW TO DO YOGA FOR THE GARDENER - Easy and practical for gardeners of EVERY AGE,
    providing more Joy
    and less injury, aches and pains

Susie Vanderlip is Monarch Conservation Specialist in Southern California for Monarch Watch, Western Monarch Advocates

Champion' and 
a Monarch Butterfly Citizen Scientist. She has also been a professional speaker for 30 years and a yoga/meditation

instructor for 40 years. She brings incredible enthusiasm, passion, humor, and expert knowledge of  Monarch Butterfly Life, Yoga,

and speaking.

She encourages gardeners to enjoy gardening even more by sharing easy, practical Yoga for Gardeners to use before, during and after

gardening! INVALUABLE knowledge on both subjects!

She has photographed and videotaped monarch butterflies for 10 years and now shares a delightful presentation that appeals to

children thru senior citizens. She shares on monarchs with garden clubs, schools, nurseries, assisted living facilities, churches and

as an inspirational keynote at conferences.  Learn more about Susie's Story from a recent Los Angeles Times article 
published on May 10, 2015 - Weekend Home and Garden Section and the Daily Pilot:


Susie's presentation includes everything you might like to know about Monarchs in YOUR garden:

* Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle - egg, caterpillar/larva, chrysalis, butterfly including overwintering
Monarch Butterfly migration and current decline concerns
* Their value as important POLLINATORS
Amazing and entertaining Monarch Caterpillar and Butterfly anecdotes and video\
* How to Attract Monarch Butterflies to YOUR garden
OE Parasite and feedback from Monarch Health Initiative scientists
Native vs Tropical Milkweed recommendations
* How to become a Monarch Butterfly Citizen Scientist


Speak nationwide at garden clubs, schools, nurseries, churches, assisted living facilities and inspirational programs at conferences

Photo Gallery

  • Speaker Susie Vanderlip with Club meeting coordinator Laurie Callaway and member Sue Miller

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Audience Reviews

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Bivian Marr from Laguna Woods, California - 01/28/2021 15:02:21

Susie Vanderlip communicates her-interest. knowledge and enthusiasm for Monarch Butterflies with exciting visuals in a way that convinces everyone to join her in saving Monarchs from extinction. She is flexible, available and easy to work with. Anyone would enjoy her presentations and be captivated by the intricacies of the Monarch's life cycle presented in an interesting and understandable way. An Excellent presenter!

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Zoom at it's best

Jorja from CA - 11/30/2020 14:17:11

I have seen Susie both live and now via Zoom and she was phenomenal in both. She is informative as well as entertaining and her photos are fabulous. I highly recommend Susie as a speaker.

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Zoom Speaker: Monarch Butterflies

San Pedro Garden Club from San Pedro, California - 11/24/2020 17:21:06

Great Zoom lecture, with Power Point presentation, lots of photos and how-to's on protecting and gardening for Monarch Butterflies. Wonderful !!

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