Iowa City will hold a special festival to celebrate the Monarch butterfly and highlight efforts to increase its declining population. 

People will gather for the Iowa City Monarch Festival Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the East Side Recycling Center.  

All ages are welcome to enjoy this free celebration. 

Information about the Monarch butterfly, milkweed and how to raise caterpillars will be on display. Kids' activities include a Monarch themed scavenger hunt, coloring and stories. A special treat that explains the Monarch life cycle will also be available for kiddos to munch on and a chrysalis giveaway will be held at 2:15 p.m.

The Monarch Festival is part of Iowa City’s commitment to creating an environment that will allow 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

Date of publication

Thursday, September 01, 2016