Monarch Butterfly Festival
Saturday, August 26, 2017 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.
Enter a room filled with free-flying Monarch Butterflies. You can feed them or wander over to see how citizen scientists tag the butterflies to track their migration to Mexico. Enjoy their life cycle as you examine Monarch eggs and hold caterpillars. Go outside and use an insect net to catch insects. Play the Monarch game and see if you can make the right choices to grow up from egg to butterfly. Tour through the butterfly garden and learn how to create one in your yard. Get plants to help Monarchs in your yard. Purchase food and ice cream from our kitchen and stay to enjoy the Monarch release at 4:00 p.m.
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.
Schedule of events: 4:00 p.m. Monarch Butterfly Release
Activities included with admission: TBA
Food and drink: The kitchen will be open and serving walking tacos, hot dogs, brownies, ice cream and more.
Monarchs and Margaritas
Friday, August 25, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The day before the Monarch Butterfly Festival, the Nature Center is a flurry of activity as preparations get underway. The auditorium gets a makeover as it becomes a butterfly house full of beautiful flowers and Monarch Butterflies. Join ACNC for this exclusive, adults only preview before the big festival.
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 for margaritas. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Please reserve early, admission is limited.