Monarch Butterfly Festival
Saturday, August 25, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Monarch Butterfly Festival features a room full of flying Monarchs where visitors can see and feed them while learning more about Monarchs. The Monarch Butterfly Festival has an adults only companion event the night before, Monarchs and Margaritas, which you can register for here.
Join ACNC in celebrating the life and times of the Monarch Butterfly. This once-abundant butterfly has been disappearing from the landscape in recent years, though it is slowly recovering from record low populations.
Learn more about the plight of the Monarchs and what you can do to improve their situation. Enjoy live caterpillars and butterflies, use nets to catch insects around the pond, and watch volunteer researchers tag butterflies to help track their migration to Mexico.
There will also be nature hikes, food, Monarch tattoos, self-guided walks and more. Earn a fun patch when you attend as a scout. Patches are available on a first come first served basis. Visit the Welcome Desk at the Nature Center when you arrive for a list of requirements.
The Monarchs and caterpillars will be inside the Nature Center, which is only open to festival participants for the day. All Monarchs were
hand-raised at ACNC for this event and to increase the local Monarch population.
Schedule of events: 4:00 p.m. Monarch Butterfly Release
Activities included with admission: TBA
Food and drink: The kitchen will be open.
Monarchs and Margaritas
Friday, August 24, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Join ACNC for a sneak peak at the Monarchs, some great food, margaritas, and activities. The day before the Monarch Butterfly Festival, the Nature Center is a flurry of motion as preparations get underway. The multipurpose room gets a makeover as it becomes a butterfly house full of flowers and Monarch Butterflies. Join ACNC for this exclusive, adults-only preview before the big festival.
Monarchs need help. Throughout the last decade, Monarch populations have been decimated by habitat loss, deforestation, and drought. Through a fun game, informational presentations, and the opportunity to view all stages of the Monarch life cycle up close you will learn more about their plight and how you can help.
Bring your friends and enjoy drinks and south-of-the-border-themed appetizers as well as the butterflies and the fun. Each admission includes two drink tickets. Beer and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Please reserve early, admission is limited.
Special Information: For extra drinks and game activities, you may want to bring cash.