Mark your calendar for September 24 and help us celebrate all things Monarch butterfly. ​

The second annual Monarch Festival will happen from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at the East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Boulevard SE.

Kids can enjoy a nature themed scavenger hunt, crafts and stories, as well as a special snack that represents the life cycle of a Monarch. All are invited to view caterpillars, chrysalis and beautiful, orange adult Monarchs. There is no charge to attend.

Milkweed seeds will also be available for free to participants, first come, first serve.

Partner organizations and sponsors, Backyard Abundance, Master Gardeners and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation will have booths on display.

The Monarch Festival is part of Iowa City’s commitment to creating an environment that allows Monarchs to thrive and reproduce in our community. The population of this unique, vibrant butterfly has declined by more than 90 percent in the past two decades.

Iowa City has taken several steps to help support the Monarch. To learn more about the initiative and how you can help, visit

RSVP to let your friends know you'll be at there by visiting the Iowa City Monarch Festival Facebook event page

A graphic promoting the Monarch Festival


Date of publication

Wednesday, August 30, 2017