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2014 Activities

NEW THIS YEAR: Heart of the Beast Theatre!

The fantastic puppets of Heart of the Beast Theatre will have a performance tent at the festival. Stop by their tent and check out the art activity and watch the performances at 12:15 and 2:45.


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.


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.  Cedar Hill and Mother Earth Gardens 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 make plant-based prints.
- Make caterpillars from felt


Have your child wear a special Monarch costume for a chance to win a prize. Butterfly wings, caterpillars, whatever works! 3 different age groups each will be judged. between 10:25 and 11:00 am. Winners will be announced onstage at 11:05 Am.


Play Monarch Bingo 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 1st, 2nd and third place finishers in each age bracket. Receive an official Fun Run T-shirt when you register. Details here.


2014 Stage Schedule

Dancing to the music at last year's festival
Danza Mexica CuauhtemocMariachi Mi Tierra
(10 - 10:55 AM)
Mariachi band
Kids Fun Run #2Announcements
(11:00 AM)
Costume awards presentation
Danza Mexica CuauhtemocKalpulli KetzalCoatilcue Aztec Dance 
(11:15 AM- 12:10 PM)
Traditional Aztec ceremonial dance
Charanga Tropical bandThe Shiny Lights
(12:30 - 1:25 PM)
"Epic" 70's inspired pop/rock
Kids Fun Run #2Announcements
(1:30 PM)
Award presentations for all Kids Fun Runs
Salsa del SolSalsa Del Soul 
(1:45 - 2:40 PM)
9-piece orchestra performing dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean.
Chico ChavezChico Chavez and the Guayaba Tropical Band
(3:00 - 4:00 PM)
Latino dance grooves, Peruvian, Andean & Amazonian Cumbia with mixes from all of Latin America.
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For more information, contact:
MaryLynn Pulscher at 612-313-7784,
Rita Ulrich, 612-724-5652
Maria Alcaraz, 612-724-5652, (Español)
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