Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Monarch Festival

September 17, 2017, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Blank Park Zoo’s Plant.Grow.Fly.  and partners are pleased to announce the 2017 Monarch Festival! The Festival will be held at Blank Park Zoo on Sunday, September 17 from 12-4 PM.

The Festival will highlight the miraculous migration of the monarch butterfly and will offer everything from traditional Mexican dancing, puppet shows, monarch tagging and habitat education to free seeds (limited supply) to start your own butterfly garden. 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! 



Bug Parade 
Join us for our 4th annual BUG PARADE! Let’s send off the Monarchs on their journey to Mexico! Come dressed as your favorite insect, wear your wings, your orange and black, antennae or make your costume at the Zoo! 

Mexican Dancing
Los Ninos del Tepeyac - Danza Folklorica is a group dedicated to learning and teaching about the Mexican culture through dance.  This group will be performing at the Festival – this is a must see!

Monarch Tagging and Insect Hunts
Plant.Grow.Fly. partners will be here leading Insect Hunts and a Monarch Tagging event! They will show us 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! 

Puppet Shows
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.  

Travel with the monarchs on their momentous and often hazardous journey to their winter home in Mexico. We'll use puppets, props, rhymes, and lots of hands-on creative fun as we tell the migration story of one of our favorite butterflies.

Latino Heritage Festival Booth
The Latino Heritage Festival is Sept 23 and 24 in Des Moines. Stop by their booth to find out more about the Iowa-Latino connection!

Crafts and Activities 
Numerous Plant.Grow.Fly. partners will be here with crafts and activities for families to help us learn about butterflies and the astonishing migrating monarch!

Free Seeds (including Milkweed!) to start your Plant.Grow.Fly. garden!
There will be free seeds (limited supply) available for Festival-goers so you can create your own butterfly oasis in your yard! 

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