Explore Prairie Pollinators with Rowe’s New Butterfly Festival

The event will have monarch tagging and monitoring, craft stations and more

Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary is hosting a Butterfly Festival in conjunction with Project Monarch Health and Monarch Watch on September 18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Activities will be fun for all ages, and will include Monarch Butterfly tagging and health monitoring, art and education stations, and creating take-home native wildflower “seed balls.” Visitors will be able to meander trails of restored prairies, wetlands, and woodlands, learn about pollinators, and contribute to international Monarch Butterfly monitoring efforts.

“We’re looking forward to hosting a fun event and contributing to our understanding of the health of Monarch Butterflies visiting Rowe Sanctuary on their migration,” said Catherine Worley, Rowe Sanctuary’s Marian Langan Conservation Young Leader. “Monarchs and other pollinators are greatly affected by habitat loss, but even backyard pollinator gardens with native plants can provide food and shelter along their migratory routes.”

Tickets for the event are $5 and restrooms, snacks, and water will be available throughout the event. Sturdy walking shoes, sun protection, and long pants are recommended for those interested in catching butterflies in the prairie. Masks are required inside the center for all individuals and social distancing is strongly recommended outdoors.

If you have questions about Rowe Sanctuary’s Butterfly Festival, or would like to register, please visit or email


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