Stop by the Monarch Education tent to learn about monarchs from the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, 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 International Programs. An ASL interpreter will be available during select times in the Tag and Release tent.
NATIVE PLANT INFORMATION & SALES
Nokomis Naturescape Garden tours by volunteers and gardeners from the Wild Ones. Learn how to entice Monarchs to your yard with plants and gardens.
Native plants will be available for sale at very affordable prices, including a butterfly garden kit with nine plants for $15 from The Vagary. Learn why Fall is the ideal time to plant natives.
MAKE MILKWEED MUDBALLS
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?
- Contribute to a large collage of the Monarch’s Migration Journey with ArtsySmartsy
- ArtOrg and Goupo Soap del Corozon will help you create monarch-inspired art and watch it printed with a steamroller (really!)
- Learn how to make a traditional leather wrist/ankle bands with members of KetzalCoatlicue
- Create an origami butterfly
- Draw your own piece with Art in the Park (a program of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts)
GAMES and FUN ACTIVITIES
Play Monarch Bingo (La Loteria), the Monarch Migration game (follow a monarch’s journey to Mexico), and Monarch Jeopardy.
3/4K Kids Butterfly Fun Run
Register your child (up to age 11) 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.
TOUR the NATURESCAPE (10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM)
Join Naturalists Madeleine Linck or Jeanne LaBore on a walk around the Naturescape and learn how the native gardens and the adjacent lake provide essential habitat for all kinds of wildlife from Monarchs and other insects to song birds and toads. The walk will be offered four times, at 10:30 and 11:30 AM and 12:30 and 1:30 PM.. Each walk will last 25 minutes and start at the South Information Booth. Sponsored by Audobon.