The sixth annual Monarch Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly's amazing migration from Minnesota to Mexico. Using art, music, dance, games, native plants, prairie tours and food, the festival raises awareness of the need to provide and protect monarch habitat. Festival participants can look for monarch eggs and get an up-close look at live monarch caterpillars and butterflies. Monarch butterflies raised by volunteers will be tagged and released to start their amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to the mountains of Michoacán Mexico where they will spend the winter.
The Festival takes place alongside the Nokomis Naturescape, comprised of a variety of native grass and wildflower gardens which have been certified as a Monarch Waystation. The gardens contain annual and perennial plants that provide habitat and food sources that are essential to the survival of monarch butterflies.