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 activities and watch the performances at 12:10 and 2:40.
Stop 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.
NATIVE PLANT INFORMATION & SALES
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.
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?
- 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.
GAMES and FUN ACTIVITIES
Play Monarch Bingo (La Loteria) and Monarch Jeopardy.
Kids Butterfly Fun Run
Register 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.