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2015 Activities


Help create a very special send-off for monarchs making their way to Mexico this fall. Wear your wings, and orange & black clothes: come dressed as a monarch butterfly. All youth will receive a free monarch habitat seed packet!

Line-up: 10:50am at the information booth (east side of Festival grounds)

Parade: 11am start Route will wind through the Festival grounds and end by the stage


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.


US Forest Service, International Program
El Valor
USFWS: MN Valley Wildlife Refuge


Nokomis Naturescape Gardens
Twin Cities Chapter of the Wild Ones
Pollinator Press
Bell Museum
Minnesota Zoo


Learn about monarchs at all stages of their life
Help tag and release a monarch butterfly
Find out what monarchs need to live in Minnesota
Dress up and join the Costume Parade (0-12 yrs)
Details…..here or a live link to more info
Create art with local artists
- make a chrysalis ornament, caterpillar sculpture or monarch magnet
- print a paper flag
- Art-in-the-Park with the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Tour the Naturescape, a 4 acre butterfly and pollinator-friendly landscape next to Lake Nokomis
Buy native milkweed and nectar plants for your yard
Make a milkweed bomb
See how North America is planning to protect monarch butterflies
Watch a show by Heart of the Beast.


Printmaking with Sara Nassif
Clay creations with Anjee Emerson
Banner making with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
Monarch Wishes with Gita Ghei
Two performances of “The Ants Who Wanted to Fly” by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
Art in the Park with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Monarch Migration Game
Monarca Loteria / Monarch Bingo
Monarch Jeopardy


Landscape Alternatives
Mother Earth Garden
The Vagary


Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA)
Nokomis Public Library
MN Dragonfly Society
Metro Blooms


Berry Sweet Kitchen
Cool Melody
El Burrito Mercado
El Nuevo Rodeo
Habanero Tacos
La Loma
Naturally Delicious Ice Cream
Taco Taxi

2015 Stage Schedule

Dancing to the music at last year's festival
Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli
Traditional Aztec ceremonial dance
Charanga Tropical
Salsa Del Soul 
9-piece orchestra performing dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean.
Brass Messengers
Showmobile stage image
For more information, contact:
MaryLynn Pulscher at 612-313-7784 mpulscher@minneapolisparks.org,
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