Butterfly Release Celebration
Saturday, Sept 17, 2022 from 10 - 4 pm
Sunday, Sept 18, 2022 from 10 -4 pm
Help us release hundreds of butterflies to help the local environment. It'll be a sight you won't want to miss!
Butterflies can be bought with a donation of $10 on site. Pre-orders have been disabled.
Capture precious moments and spread your wings like a real butterfly with our butterfly wing cut outs throughout the gardens!
Learn more about pollinators while playing fun games designed to interact with nature!
Learn the life cycle of butterflies with this creative pasta craft!
Imagine a butterfly has landed on you with temporary washable tattoos!.
Butterfly Release & Animal Show Daily Schedule
Butterfly Release: 11:30am
Animal Show: 12:30pm
Butterfly Release: 2:00pm
Animal Show: 3:00pm
Butterflies & Admission
Admission is $12 dollars per person and $6 for Members. Admission includes all activities and the Butterfly Release.
Ages 0-2: FREE
Donate $10 Dollars & Release a Butterfly
Donations can be made on site the day of the event.
The local author of, Bella's Beautiful Miracle, A Caterpillars Journey, will be hosting a book signing during the celebration. Her book releases Sept 7, and can be purchased here.
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If the monarch lives in the Eastern states, usually east of the Rocky Mountains, it will migrate to Mexico and hibernate in oyamel fir trees. If the monarch butterfly lives west of the Rocky Mountains, then it will hibernate in and around Pacific Grove, California in eucalyptus trees.
Small Creature, Big Journey
Each fall, millions of monarch butterflies leave their summer breeding grounds in the northeastern U.S. and Canada and travel upwards of 3,000 miles to reach overwintering grounds in southwestern Mexico.
The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do.
Decreasing day length and temperatures, along with aging milkweed and nectar sources trigger the migration.
Unlike summer monarch generations that live for two to six weeks as adults, adults in the migratory (fourth) generation can live for up to nine months.
Monarchs rely on instincts to know where they need to migrate to, but scientists are still unsure which instinct the butterflies rely on. Some possibilities are celestial cues (the sun, moon, or stars), earth’s magnetic field, landmarks (mountain ranges or bodies of water), polarized light, infra-red energy perception, or some combination of these cues. Of these, the first two are considered to be the most likely cues that monarchs use to navigate.