Susie Vanderlip

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3024 E. Chapman Ave #112 Orange, California 92869

Monarch Butterflies add beauty and grace to our gardens; and these pollinators need our help! Blending science, art and spirit, Susie Vanderlip shares all you need to know to enjoy and help save these complex creatures. Adults & kids all LOVE Bflies!

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: GORGEOUS photo GREETING CARDS of Butterflies, Flowers and
much more!

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 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. She uses her photography and video to create movies and books for children to learn about these
invaluable pollinators and fall in love with Nature. And she has an entire photo greeting card line through which she shares
colorful and captivating garden and Monarch butterfly visions.

She is nationally known for her storybook, movie/DVD, and eBook:  The Story of Chester, the Monarch Caterpillar/Larva (www.storyofchester.com) The new 2nd Edition Story of Chester eBook is available as of July, 2015 on Kindle/Amazon at
an incredibly low $2.99. A delightful book to share with children and grandchildren ages 4 through 9
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:



LOVELY LIFE OF MONARCH BUTTERFLIES – Blending Science, Art and Spirit

Susie Vanderlip is a Monarch Butterfly Citizen Scientist and a professional speaker. She brings enthusiasm, passion, humor,

and an expert knowledge of Monarch Butterfly Life. She is trained to tag and test Monarch Butterflies raised in her garden. 

She has photographed and videotaped them for 4 years and now shares a delightful presentation that appeals to children

thru senior citizens. She shares this program 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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Excellent, fantastic, personal,

Master Gardeners-Riverside Co from Hemet - 02/10/2017 12:13:49

The Monarch Butterfly presentation is excellent and Susie brings to life and shows first hand with images their amazing life cycle & habits. Good for all ages!!!

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Wonderful Speaker

Diane Riopka from Laguna Niguel, CA - 02/05/2017 19:32:12

Susie was entertaining, energetic, organized, and provided valuable information on the life cycle of the Monarch as well as how to attract Monarchs to one's garden. She also addressed the controversy of tropical vs. native milkweed for Monarchs. Her presentation was further enhanced by great written, audio, and visual materials.

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Dynamic Speaker

Marilyn Rubin from Torrance - 11/01/2016 19:54:29

Susie Vanderlip is a dynamic presenter. Our audience of over 50 garden club members totally enjoyed Susie’s program. She mesmerized us with incredible live action visuals of monarch butterflies during their various stages of development. Susie explained to us how she was able to attain these amazing shots. She motivated our members to want to plant the monarch butterflies’ host plant, milkweed, in our yards and gardens; and she taught us how to nurture those milkweed plants once established. Susie narrates a well-prepared media show to her audience. She has created a DVD and a charming fictional book, The Story of Chester, about monarch butterflies, both of which are totally appropriate for young elementary school students. The Riviera Garden Club in Southern California highly recommends Susie Vanderlip as a speaker for garden clubs, elementary schools and other organizations interested in nature.

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