Learn how to raise monarch caterpillars in Jamestown

Date(s) - Friday, Aug 05, 2016
9:15 am - 11:15 am

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


Learn how to help increase the population of monarchs by raising caterpillars in a  workshop from 9:15-11:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.

This is the part of the Nature Center’s August Coffee Shop Series. These programs encourage interactive discussion around a nature-based topic or activity.  Participants experience and learn together. Coffee, tea and snacks are provided.

The fee for the class is $12 for the public or $9 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 9-15 and includes all materials.

Paid reservations are required by Monday, Aug. 1. Call (716) 569-2345 during business hours to register and pay with a credit card or register online. There is limited enrollment in this class.

Last year, there were 150 percent more monarchs on their wintering ground than there were the year before. Audubon naturalist Katie Finch, who will lead the workshop, hopes some of those butterflies came from the Nature Center.

Audubon has been raising large numbers of monarchs for 10 years and releasing them at the Monarch Butterfly Festival. This year’s festival will be on Saturday, Aug. 27.

The workshop will cover the basics of the monarch life cycle and demonstrate how to raise and care for caterpillars. Then the class will head outdoors to look for eggs and caterpillars on Audubon’s milkweed patches.

Participants need to dress for the weather and be prepared to walk for up to a mile.

The other August Coffee Shop programs are Culinary Herb Container Gardening on Tuesday, August 2; Fairy Terrariums on Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Outdoor Fitness on Thursday, Aug. 4.