Johnson County Conservation will spend a Sunday afternoon tagging Monarch butterflies before they head south for the winter. 

The event will take place on Sunday, September 18 at 1:00 p.m. at the Conservation Education Center in F.W. Kent Park (2048 HWY 6 N.W. Oxford, IA 52322).

Each fall, the amazing monarch butterfly travels over 2,000 miles to Mexico. Come learn about this incredible journey and be a part of a science project. Participants will learn about monarch biology in a family-friendly presentation. Afterwards, everyone will head outside to collect, tag, and release the butterflies as they pass through the Kent Park prairies. Information collected from the tags will be submitted to a nationwide monitoring program.

The event is free, but pre-registration is requested. To register, contact Naturalist Kristen Morrow at 319-688-8286 or

The event is dependent on weather and monarch conditions. Updates will be emailed to registered participants and posted on the Johnson County Conservation Facebook page.To learn more about Johnson County Conservation, visit

Date of publication

Friday, September 02, 2016