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2013 Activities

NEW THIS YEAR: Dance Instructors!

Dance!Instructors from Social Dance Studio will help guests learn new dance steps during selected stage performances. Each instructor is also bringing a student or two as an extra partner. During the 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00 performances (right), on the small dance floor to the lake side of the stage.


releasing a monarchStop by the Monarch Education tent to learn about monarchs with help from the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab. Groups of 5-6 people will tag a butterfly and then release it in the Naturescape Garden. (Donations appreciated.)  Receive word if your Monarch is ever captured or found along the migration route. Sponsored by the US Forest Service and the UFS' International Programs. An ASL interpreter will be available during select times in the Monarchs! (tag and release) tent.


Learn how to entice Monarchs to your yard with plants and gardens. Did you know Fall is an ideal time to plant natives?

Native plants will be available for sale at very affordable prices, including a butterfly garden kit with nine plants for $15 from the Vagary.   Landscape Alternatives will also be selling native and habitat-friendly plants.


Create mudballs containing local milkweed seed for planting in your home garden. Did you know that members of the milkweed family are the only food source in Minnesota for monarch larvae?


- ArtOrg returns to help you create monarch-inspired art and watch it printed with a   steamroller (really!)
- Learn how to and make prints using bits of nature.
- ARTrageous Creation Station
- Make a Pinata
- Draw your own piece with Art in the Park (a program of   the Minneapolis Institute of Arts)


Play Monarch Bingo (La Loteria), the Monarch Migration game (follow a monarch’s journey to Mexico), and Monarch Jeopardy.

Kids Butterfly Fun Run

race with butterfly costumeRegister your child (up to age 12) for one of the Kids Butterfly Fun Runs. Prizes for best monarch wings, best monarch costume, and 1st over the finish line. Receive an official Fun Run T-shirt when you register. Details here.


Monarch Stage 2013 Schedule

Watching the entertainment at last year's festival
ASL Interpreted
Angel MaldonadoWelcoming
(10 AM)
Master of Ceremonies, Angel Maldonado
Silva Sol bandSilva Sol 
(10 - 10:45 AM)
Reggae with a touch of Samba
Calypso MonarchsMachinery Hill 
(11:00 – 11:45)
original tunes blend ska, klezmer, Celtic, rock, American folk
Kids Fun Run #2Announcements
Awards for all Kids Fun Runs
Danza Mexica CuauhtemocKalpulli KetzalCoatilcue Aztec Dance 
(12:00 - 12:45PM)
Traditional Aztec ceremonial dance

(1:00 - 1:45 PM)
Classic Motown, R&B, Funk, Rock & Roll, Americana and a taste of Blues.
Dance Instructor: Todd Paulus

Charanga Tropical bandCharanga Tropical
(2:00 - 2:45 PM)
9-piece salsa ensemble performing classic and modern salsa music.
Dance Instructor: John Carlson
Salsa del SolSalsa Del Soul 
(3:00 - 4:00 PM)
9-piece orchestra performing dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean.
Dance Instructor: Eda Marshall
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For more information, contact:
MaryLynn Pulscher at 612-313-7784, or
Rita Ulrich, 612-724-5652
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