Monarch Butterfly Festival

Date(s) - Saturday, Aug 27, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


The Monarch Butterfly Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Audubon Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY and Warren, PA.

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; seing exhibits of live fish, reptiles, and amphibians; viewing Liberty, Audubon’s resident Bald Eagle, and shopping at a butterfly plant sale.

The Blue Heron Gift Shop will feature butterfly items from books to T-shirts in addition to its usual stock  of puppets, puzzles, jewelry, notecards, handcrafted walking sticks, books, field guides, bird feeders and seed, as well as 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. Children who are not Scouts are also welcome to participate.

Festival admission is $8 for the public or $6 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 3-15. Children 2 and under are free.