Blank Park Zoo’s Plant.Grow.Fly. and partners are pleased to announce the 2018 Monarch Festival! The Festival will be held at Blank Park Zoo on Sunday, September 16 from 12-4 PM.
The Festival will highlight the miraculous migration of the monarch butterfly and will offer everything from traditional Mexican dancing, monarch tagging and crafts and activities for the whole family. We will even have a Bug Parade, so dress the kids up in their favorite insect costume!
Join us we celebrate the monarch’s journey from Canada, through Iowa, to the mountains of Mexico!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
5th Annual Children’s BUG PARADE! Come dressed as your favorite insect, wear your wings, your orange and black, antennae or make your costume at the Zoo. There will be special prizes for First and Second place BEST COSTUMES.
Polk County Conservation will be leading Insect Hunts and Monarch Tagging. They will demonstrate how to safely catch monarch butterflies to attach a tag. If these special monarchs are found in Mexico, they can help scientists track the migration.
Numerous Plant.Grow.Fly. partners will be represented at the Festival offering hands-on activities, demonstrations and crafts for the whole family.
Los Ninos del Tepeyac - Danza Folklorica is a dance group dedicated to learning and teaching about the Mexican culture through dance. This group will be performing at the Festival.
Spend time exploring our Butterfly Garden and experience traditional Mexican music by Mariachi Azteca.
Families and kids of all ages will be encouraged to take part in an interactive performance workshop called FOLLOW THAT MONARCH! by Carol Taylor's Patchwork Puppets.
There will be free milkweed seeds available provided by People for Pollinators (limited supply) for Festival-goers.
The Latino Heritage Festival is Sept 22 and 23 in Des Moines. Stop by their booth to find out more about the Iowa-Latino connection.