Jamestown, NY – Whatever your interest – watching beautiful butterflies on wildflowers, having your picture taken as a giant butterfly or caterpillar, great crafts for the kids, yummy taste treats, and so much more – there will be something for you at the Audubon Nature Center’s Monarch Butterfly Festival.
From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27th, Audubon will celebrate this beautiful creature.
At the indoor garden, you can take pictures of Monarchs in every stage of their life cycle. Maybe you will see an adult emerge from its chrysalis or hold a caterpillar or butterfly. You can watch experts tagging butterflies and at 4 p.m. see them released to fly to Mexico, where their tags will help scientists track the migration of this rapidly dwindling species.
More festival fun includes tours of Audubon’s butterfly garden, enjoying the Ted Grisez arboretum and additional gardens, borrowing a net to catch butterflies outside and have experts identify them, exhibits of live fish, reptiles, and amphibians, viewing Liberty, Audubon’s resident Bald Eagle, and a butterfly plant sale.
The Blue Heron Gift Shop will feature butterfly items from books to t-shirts in addition to its usual treasure trove of puppets, puzzles, jewelry, notecards, handcrafted walking sticks, books and field guides, bird feeders and seed, and locally produced jams, Stedman Corners coffee, and maple syrup.
Scout Leaders are encouraged to bring their groups and Scout parents their individual Scouts. Ask for a checklist and when at least four of the activities are completed, Scouts can purchase a Monarch Butterfly patch for $3.00. Children who are not Scouts are also welcome to participate.
Festival admission is $8.00 or $6.00 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 3-15. Two and under are free.
The Audubon Nature Center is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.
This event is made possible by the dedication of many volunteers, some of whom are registered with RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Monarch Butterfly Festival sponsors are Wegmans, Lena’s Pizza, Frewsburger Pizza Shop, Native Roots, and J Coffin Concrete.